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Lighten Your Soul


It is difficult to be a pilgrim today. It just seems hopeless. We are blessed this year to have the Feast Day of the Annunciation and Good Friday on the same day. We can celebrate the light coming and the light  extinguished.  Today, the day in between, the space for waiting and contemplating;  we look forward to renewal.  Let us  light  lighten our souls tonight as beacons of hope.

spiritu-easter copy-1“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”

…..Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Comfort and Joy


‘What we have to do is find the places of hope’

…..Jean Vanier

And sometimes we have to wait for them. In our fast paced world, in anguish,  we try to control everything. We want it to be right for us now. Through many trials and tribulations of being knocked on my can or having the “cosmic baseball bat” whack me on the side of the head. I know that God (creator) has three answers when asked, yes, no, and not yet. And what we have to do is wait.

My heart broke open this week to learn that my daughter’s dear friend will be fighting for her life. How I hate that phrase; fighting! It always denotes a winner and a loser. Her cancer has returned. This is not a battle of win or lose. It is about acceptance, waiting and finding the spaces in between of hope. The Christmas carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, talks about the comfort and joy that our Christmas season brings. We need both.

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

faithWith all these words, reflecting the seasons wishes, for my daughter, friends and family; they all sit firmly on the bottom word. FAITH.

We can do this, and wait in the spaces of hope….


Even In The Depth Of Winter

The sun still rises, light sparkles

Joy is found.