Talitha Koum

New life is waking up all around me. The first spring flowers yawn open. The bees pay a visit. A pink-headed hummingbird swoops down only to pause, suspended and in motion, so close I can see its feathers glisten. The green of seedlings planted weeks ago peek up from the blackness around them. All reminders … Continue reading Talitha Koum

Free Ebook “Look Through My Window: Glimpses of God in a Mother’s Heart”

Happy Easter! To celebrate, I want to share my ebook with you for FREE this week. A collection of short reflections from the blog, Look Through My Window invites readers into my journey of finding the profound in the simple and the beauty in the mess. I'm also very excited to announce that Spirituality of … Continue reading Free Ebook “Look Through My Window: Glimpses of God in a Mother’s Heart”

A Prayer for Hope in the Darkness

We've given up a lot this Lent, haven't we? Mostly, I've been struck with gratitude for what we do have: a comfortable home, enough food to eat, a yard for the kids to run around, financial stability. Still, even for our family whose sacrifice in staying home is minimal - This. Is. Hard. It's hard … Continue reading A Prayer for Hope in the Darkness

Praying the Morning Offering

Have you ever tried praying a daily offering? A few weeks ago, Samantha suggested adding these prayers to your Lenten practice. The Morning Offering, which seems to have originated in the 19th century, is both an easy and profound way to place God at the forefront of your mind when starting your day.  O Jesus, … Continue reading Praying the Morning Offering

Five Great Novels for Lent

The human soul is moved by the beautiful. In fiction lies the unique opportunity to experience life outside of ourselves. Novels help us explore the gray areas of life and develop within us our deep and uniquely human capacity for empathy. Whatever your prayer practices or Lenten sacrifice may be, the themes in these novels will complement the spirit of the Lenten season!

Some Notes on Fasting (Or Why Doing “Something Extra” for Lent is Not Enough)

The conversation starts as Ash Wednesday approaches: “What are you giving up for Lent?” Over the years I’ve heard people respond, “I’m not giving anything up this year. I’m doing something extra.” I used to be one of them - that is, until I realized that isn’t enough. That “something extra” can be a great … Continue reading Some Notes on Fasting (Or Why Doing “Something Extra” for Lent is Not Enough)

How to Choose a Lenten Penance

Lent is a great experience of spiritual solidarity for Catholics. We fast together, pray together, and fall in love again with the central beauty of our faith: suffering never has the last word, and always has meaning in light of the cross.  The spiritual practice of fasting has the unique capacity to remind us of … Continue reading How to Choose a Lenten Penance