childhood

Before the Miracle, I Believed—Now I Know.

"Suffer the little children to come unto me." (detail) by Carl Bloch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The following story is true. It happened to me. I will never, ever forget it. I had been a Carmelite Sister for many years when this story occurred. It changed my life forever, and I came away from the experience with an explosion of faith bursting within my soul. To cut to the quick and bring forth the significance of […]

Where Precious Seeds are Planted

I caught an image of our daughter that brought back so many perfect childhood memories. Tired from swimming in the lake all day and full of roasted hotdogs, she was floating lazily on an inner-tube with her hand held up to the sunlight. As she gazed through illuminated fingers at the clouds, she had an almost supernatural glow of awe and […]

A Boy and his Fish

I don’t know about you, but there’s always something that makes me more in-tune with the Creator when I’m surrounded by His beautiful creation; prayer becomes more intimate, more sincere, more focused. Sitting on the deck on a gorgeous Sunday morning, I experienced just that – creation drawing me in to the heart of the Father. I was praying my […]

A Glimpse of Joy at the Foot of the Cross

During Times of Struggle Believe it or not, every once and a while I have a tough day, a difficult weekend, or week that leaves me wanting to curl up in a cave and never come out. (Not a “man cave,” more like a nicely decorated cave with all my books and a lifelong supply of chocolate.) Looking back, these […]

Thinking about Herby, my Rooster, during Lent

Lessons from Childhood At night when I can’t sleep, I think about my happy childhood a lot. I grew up with animals: dogs, ducks, chickens, rabbits, goats, pigs, cows, and horses. Happy as the days were, I experienced a lot of loss and death with that many animals around. The first pet I remember was a duck named Oscar who […]