I Can't Rest

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I Can't Rest

And yet, oddly, for as much as we may crave this rest, it doesn’t necessarily come easily.

Even this summer, it took me a while to slow myself down enough to enter into a restful state. In so many ways, this notion of rest is counter-cultural. Societal norms tell us to stay busy all the time, as though we are wasting our time if we aren’t being actively productive every moment of the day. Perhaps even our quest to be “living persons” may seemingly contribute to this culture of constant productivity: exercise more, learn more, pray more, etc.

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ALONG THE SEASHORE

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ALONG THE SEASHORE

I cannot help but believe that when I breathe in the salt air, when I share a long walk with my mom, or when I pause to just look out onto the sea that Jesus is present in all of that.  

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A Big Pile of Weakness

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A Big Pile of Weakness

The moment right before the first cut of my hair, I prayed. I prayed for fearlessness.Shaving my head wasn’t really just about my looks. It was about making a commitment to my niece, giving her strength, making her feel fearless and unconcerned about what her peers might think of her.

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But First, God

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But First, God

It may have been an ordinary day at work but there was an energy within me that had more to do with caffeine. This is the first moment in the past few weeks I have recognized God giving me rest.

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Losing My Life to God

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Losing My Life to God

I was trying to be a good parent and help my sons make major life decisions but I couldn’t seem make any decisions about my own life. Almost daily, I would go into the bathroom, lock the door and sit on the floor and cry. Then I would fix my makeup, put on my game face and continue with my day as though I was perfectly fine.

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The Father's Love

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The Father's Love

Episode 8 is a long lost video of Fr. Jim Cosgrove before he got ordained a deacon! We asked him, "What does the Father's love mean to you?"

We also tried a little reflection piece at the end of this video if you were feeling some prayer time. Hit the thumbs up if you like this video and share it with the fam!!

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The Courage to Jump

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The Courage to Jump

Living with the uncertainty and the misconception that I have the power to completely control my life is a heavy burden to carry and I need a constant reminder that whether I worry or not, the Lord takes care of me.  

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Babbling

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Babbling

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says to his disciples,

“In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.”

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I Am the Bridge Builder

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I Am the Bridge Builder

But despite this message, questions and doubts swirl around us, divide us further. How can I find the humility to love that guy who is trying to build a wall between America and people who need our help? Where am I supposed to just conjure up love and patience for a woman who believes abortion is not murder? How in the world can I love, truly love, my spouse who voted opposite of me, and cannot understand why this hurts me?

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Knowing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

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Knowing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

It took me years and years until I came to place in my spiritual life where I truly began to have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Solemnity of the the Most Holy Trinity is a reminder that each person of the Trinity desires to be in relationship with each of us.

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Breaking Barriers

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Breaking Barriers

Love is shown more in deed than in word and so if God is love, maybe our actions can proclaim the mighty deeds of God and speak more to who God is than words can say. And maybe that’s the gift of the Holy Spirit, that peace that Jesus shares with the disciples in today’s Gospel. He breathes the Holy Spirit on them and calls them to actively forgive and thus bring peace.

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Love and Longing

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Love and Longing

rust me, though, it has not always been this clear-cut for me. I have grown in my understanding of God’s love for me a lot over the past few years, particularly through my daughter and the years leading up to her birth.

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FIND YOUR JOY

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FIND YOUR JOY

In the fall of 2015, I was experiencing some life transitions. I had recently started a new job and was searching for something to do with myself since I had some free time and felt there was a void in my life.

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An Every Day Servant

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An Every Day Servant

Am I even useful? I mean in a real way – am I being a servant? Should I have done more? How come so many people my age look like they are out there really doing God’s work here on earth? How come everyone else seems to have figured out their vocation?

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Accepting the Unwanted Gift

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Accepting the Unwanted Gift

God called me to live this life--not any other one. To suffer through parts of it so I could discover love and joy in ways I hadn’t known possible before. To be in this lifelong process of being and becoming, of knowing my depths and limits, my capabilities and flaws, is to be fully human and fully alive. To be fully alive means to accept both my "human condition--which includes anxiety, suffering and death, limits and loss, pain and panic" (Rea McDonnell) as much as that sucks and to depend on God and trust in those around us to lift us up.

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Bringing Others to Jesus

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Bringing Others to Jesus

Bringing people to Jesus is hard. I know many people who are very comfortable believing that there is some sort of vague god, spirit, or energy that is beyond any human’s comprehension. But when it comes to helping someone transition from a vague god to a personal God it is so difficult. Why?

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So We May Be Resurrected

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So We May Be Resurrected

Lent is an easy connection to make; I suffer some penance for 40 days as part of the process of dying to myself while at the same time remembering Christ’s time of preparation in the desert. Easter is not as clear to me. What do I need to do to have new life?

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On The Road to Emmaus

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On The Road to Emmaus

I imagine the disciples on the road to Emmaus were feeling this and so much more remembering their friend Jesus. They even say later to Jesus that “we were hoping that he would be the one.”

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Being in Community

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Being in Community

When I experience community in a more personal sense, it means belonging: feeling fully alive through the love of those around me.

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