listening

Where do You Hear the Voice of Christ?

JesusChrist the King, the Alpha and the Omega

“Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37). This past week, we celebrated Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a time for family to gather over a meal and give thanks to God for His many blessings. I don’t know exactly why, but I was not truly at peace; nothing specific, just a feeling of disquiet. […]

Discovering God in Silence

Photography courtesy of Ken Tapp

A prayerful, meditative silence is the mother of truth. Spirituality Series – Discovering God in Silence by Sister Mary Clare, O.C.D. Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles God cannot be found in noise and agitation. His true power and love are revealed in what is hardly perceptible, in the gentle breeze that requires stillness and quiet […]

Seven Family-Building Strategies for Nurturing Sibling Bonds

Siblings

I was invited to talk to a mother’s group last week and the subject of brother and sister relationships came up. How do you get your children to get along? What do you do about building sibling bonds? Well…. No family is perfect. We all try, and sometimes fail and then simply get up and try again, but truth be […]

We Cannot Excuse Ourselves

I would like to address the topic of serving others.  Today is the first day of November (All Saints Day!) and Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas are before us.  As Catholics, we have a wonderful opportunity over the next two months to show our co-workers, friends, community and the world the beauty of our faith and the great capacity for love […]

Dealing with Difficult People

Vilnius Image of Divine Mercy by Kazimierowski

We all have them in our lives – people we don’t like. People who rub us the wrong way, who push our buttons, and sometimes more seriously, people who are truly dangerous to our mental or physical health. What should we do? Annette cringed running into Mrs. B in the grocery store, which happened nearly every week. The older woman always pried […]

Surrogate Gods, Surrogate Parents

It is a gross understatement to say that we live in very trying times.  Our country is at war, our economy is struggling, atheists are one of the fastest growing groups in our country and our families are under siege.  My intent is not to depress you, but get your attention on the reality of the world in which we […]

Oh how I love you, even when you’ve lost your mind…

“Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my […]

Job Seekers Should Expect More from Us

I had an epiphany this morning related to people in career transition.  I have been counseling people in transition for many years and have written several articles on job search strategy.  My epiphany (or firm grasp of the obvious?), is that I rarely read or hear anything about how to effectively help people looking for a new job.  The interview […]