Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 32: The Real Problem

In my graduate studies I am taking a Hebrew Scriptures course. I’ll be honest and tell you that prior this past semester I hadn’t read a lot of the Old Testament. I hear it at Mass each week and I know many of the stories by heart and enjoy Psalms and Proverbs immensely. But as a Christian who focuses on Christ as the fulfillment of … Continue reading Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 32: The Real Problem

Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 31: Man’s Ways and God’s Ways

A few years ago I was asked to give a talk with several other speakers. Those invited to speak were given lines from the Our Father. Together our talks would give meaning and insight into the prayer we all know so well. I was eager to get my lines and I prayed that the Holy Spirit would bless me with just the right ones. I … Continue reading Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 31: Man’s Ways and God’s Ways

Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 30: Blind Spots

If you have spent any time getting to know me either in person or through reading my posts here or my articles at Catholic Sistas or Catholic Stand, you know that my past greatly influences not only how I live my life but how I feel about myself as well. I have spent much of my life trying to figure out how not to make … Continue reading Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 30: Blind Spots

Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 29: Dancing for Joy

The world is a mess. We only have to flip through the news channels or read online to know that it seems the world is falling apart. We consistently look around us and wonder who will be the one to fix it all. I wrote about this last summer when I talked about making America great again. We mistakenly look to politicians to make everything … Continue reading Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 29: Dancing for Joy

Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 28: Spontaneous Prayer

Spontaneous prayer is one of my favorite things to talk about and to engage in. It can happen at any time and in any place. To be honest, I try to make my entire life a prayer. I have ongoing conversations with God, with Jesus, and with the Holy Spirit all the time. I’m always surprised to hear that there are people who believe in … Continue reading Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 28: Spontaneous Prayer

Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 27: Deny Yourself

Maybe you are wondering why this day’s reflection is going up a day late. It actually has to do with the chapter’s title- Deny Yourself. I decided that yesterday I would deny myself getting on the computer to work, to write, or to be on social media. Instead, in what would have been my normal time to write, I spent that time planting flowers and … Continue reading Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 27: Deny Yourself

Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 26: The Prayer Process

Three and a half years ago I decided I was in a rut with my prayer life. I recognized that my prayer life had devolved into just a list of grievances or wants and was focused solely on me. I knew that something needed to change and so I started a daily “prayer of the day” on Facebook. It’s hard to explain how much this … Continue reading Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 26: The Prayer Process

No Longer Sitting in the Lap of Evil

I don’t remember when it started- it just always was; but I remember when it stopped. It took a tremendous amount of courage to tell my mother that my grandfather had been molesting my sisters and me for years and years. My mother had been explaining the “bird and the bees” to my sister and me when she said, “No one should ever touch you … Continue reading No Longer Sitting in the Lap of Evil

Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 25: Delve into the Gospels

As a kid I was never really encouraged to read the bible on a daily basis. I owned a bible, and I occasionally read it, but as far as being encouraged to, well, that never happened. My parents were culturally Catholic- we went to Mass each week and we went to Catholic school where we received our religious education. We prayed before we ate and … Continue reading Journey to Rediscover Jesus Day 25: Delve into the Gospels