spiritual growth

Winter and the Spiritual Life

“We can have confidence that God is still working—even in the coldness, even in the darkness, even when all seems quiet.” For much of the Northern Hemisphere, January is that month when the weather finally makes up its mind to turn cold, the nights seem a little darker, and the wind seems a little more bitter.  Gone are the cheery […]

Focus on the Lord this Advent

We should allow the clarion call from this great saint to reverberate in our souls. Today we enter the Advent Season. It is past time to get ready… One of my strongest, most enduring memories from my childhood is the time spent preparing for Christmas. We did not have any family traditions involving the Advent Wreath or the Jesse Tree. And most certainly, like all […]

The Tree That Wouldn’t Bloom

Flowering Crabapple Tree

Spring has finally arrived, I thought, as I breathed in the clean air and scanned the landscape around me. It had been a long winter, longer than in many years past, and the new life was a welcome reprieve from the bitter, colorless angst of winter. Day by day, my older girls would happily trot outside to explore the newness […]

The Hobbit – Adventure, Dragons and Battles Won through Spiritual Growth

“Can you promise me I will come back?” Bilbo Baggins asks Gandalf in the beginning of The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey. Fans of J.R. Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings who have waited a decade for the movie prequel, The Hobbit, will be satisfied at long last on December 14th when it opens in theaters.  Elijah Wood as Frodo, the star of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, […]