Be Present and Pleasant in the Moment!

“Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us” (Romans 8: 35, 37). Positivity in rain or […]

Processing the Constant Stream of Distressing News

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand again the deviI’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world…Therefore put on the […]

Lectio Divina – Adding a Deeper Dimension to Your Reading of Scripture

Jesus said to His apostles, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). I was asked a question about Lectio Divina, which I had mentioned in a recent reflection about my new life as a Lay Carmelite. To clarify, Lectio Divina, a Latin term meaning “divine reading”, has roots […]

My New Life in Carmel – A Call to Holiness- Final Installment

Years before finding Carmel, my Christian witness was rather lukewarm, with one foot solidly in the world and the other not so firmly planted in the Kingdom of God. I was heavily self-dependent, carrying the weight of some unresolved issues around sin, while being overly judgmental of others, full of advice and self-righteous. The duality […]