Author, speaker, spiritual director
Ponder for yourself today: how are you doing? What is it that you most need? And how might your own memory of things long past lead you straight to it?
Three Lessons I Learned from a Squirrel
I have learned that when we have something in our lives that we want to let go of, that we have decided to let go of, that we are ready to let go of, rather than asking, "How do I do this?" maybe we could ask, "How will the free fall free me?"
The Freedom of Freefall: Just Let Go.
We ask for gifts from God, but we know exactly how we want them to come to us. Nicely. Neatly. Without any pain or suffering or difficulty or effort. Just a heavenly infusion, please. But that's not at all the way it works, is it?
Ask, but Beware: You Just Might Receive
In writing about "who I am," I first claim to be a disciple of Christ. Born into a large German-Irish Catholic environment, my faith and my family have been the most influential formators of my life. I was a religious sister for many years, and now, in addition to my role as Director of Mission Formation at St. Louis University, I also serve as a speaker, spiritual director, author, and advocate for youth who have survived the horrors of sex trafficking. Tending to the broken Heart of Christ in the wounded members of his body, the People of God, is my life's calling.
I believe in the power of good, I believe in the moral imperative to do good, and most importantly, I believe that in the end, what will be most lasting in our life history is the good we have done.
My passion is writing and speaking about the intersection of the Christian Gospels and our lived realities. And also chocolate.
But first, the Gospel. And the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I believe there is no more relevant spirituality in today's world than the spirituality that calls us to live from the Heart. I believe I am called to make reparation for all the ways we (you, me, all of us) break Christ's Heart. And if I am invited to speak, write, or reflect, odds are pretty good that this will be a theme to which I return again. And again. And again.
Our world needs the love of Christ. May that love impel us to approach every person, situation, and circumstance in which we find ourselves with a tender and fierce commitment.
Let us all live gratefully. Gratitude and grace have the power to transform our world.
Let's start today. Together.