Growing up Catholic it was definitely implied we shouldn’t necessarily pray for small things. Prayers were to be siphoned out intentionally for major requests. A sick parent, financial hardship, or other types of significant anguish. Especially the suffering of others. This was the mindset I grew up with. There were rules when it came to…

When we are in the thick of it, slinging the mud of adversity we pray for help. And we pray and we pray. I did. I prayed until I wondered if I was praying properly. Should I ask God to help me get through this? Should I thank God for helping me get through this?…

This is a hard one. We tell ourselves that bad things happen for a reason – until they happen to us. We can take the ‘little’ bad stuff but the ‘big’ bad – not so much. It’s not that we don’t have the faith to accept our pain as our purpose but rather we wish…

Wishing you a Happy and faith-filled New Year!   “God will open doors.” – Colossians 4:3 “Pray first. Act second.” – Isaiah 8:20 “Always put your hope in God.” – Hosea 12:6 “Forget the former things; Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; Do you…

This morning I sit with my computer on my lap and my chocolate lab, Hazel nuzzling next to me on the couch (I know I’m a bad mother – she’s just so cute). Anyway, I knew what I was going to write about today. I typed notes into my phone last night at midnight. Only…

I am listening to a sermon by a priest that I know. I call him ‘Father Hope.’ ‘Father Hope’s” faith and wordsmith talent weave stories of great spirituality that stay with me long after I hear them. In fact, he reminds me much of what I love about Beliefnet. He is both faith and inspiration…

I squeeze beside my sister on the couch. Kathy’s new house overflows with moving boxes. I watch as she sifts through a bag of objects. She snatches an item, inspects it, and then directs it to the proper pile. I am eager to see what will stay and what will go. The younger sister, I…

I love writing this column because not only is it cathartic for me, but because I can attempt to help some of the people in pain reaching out to me. I can tell them that I understand their heartache. It is true that marriage problems come in all different shapes and sizes. However, there is…

It is getting dark and I am perched in front of my keyboard. I have been jamming through my inbox, cleaning out e-mails, doing work and research since morning. I am having one of those in-between days. There is nothing jarring, stressful or new on the divorce front – phew! Yet, not a particularly upbeat…

In life whether it be the glorious peaks or the darkest valley the true essence of enjoying the highs or evolving through the lows resides in our core being. Who are we? What are we made of? Is our foundation so strong that we are humble through success and gracious in defeat? In our most…

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