Prayer & Faith

Miriam’s First Communion

May 29, 2018

More than a year ago, a ridiculous dream formed itself in my heart. On May 5, 2018, it actually happened.


How to pray when the answer is already no: A primer

February 13, 2018

This is not a simplistic “God never closes a door without opening a window” speech. It’s just a reminder that a negative (or absent) response does not have to mean the end of a relationship with God.

Deep Dive Fiji Sunshine by Erin Khoo on Flickr


December 29, 2017

I wish I could say I am secure enough in my trust of God’s plan and providence to voluntarily move deeper into the hard and messy stuff that is this life. That appears to be what He is asking of me in 2018.


Following God’s will is not a free pass from suffering

September 16, 2017

In asking us to willingly choose a cross and do work, God does not promise us any immunity from failure or from other suffering. 


Chasing the name

July 19, 2017

Diagnosing special needs children requires making peace with The Cloud of Unknowing.


Three Good Things, or the vacation that wasn’t

June 29, 2017

Help doesn’t come when or how we want it, but it’s there. You can always find Three Good Things.


That time we went to Lourdes and our son was healed

June 5, 2017

In which we address the elephant in the room and the million dollar question: What happened AFTER the baths?


A visit to Our Lady’s house

May 16, 2017

A pleasant springtime stroll through the Grotto of Massabielle turned out to be a revelation.

Faithful Not Successful

The privilege of praying for others

April 29, 2017

This week, I have been chatting with various members of the Order of Malta as we prepare for our upcoming pilgrimage. Every single one of them has offered some variation on this theme: “Oscar’s presence will be such a blessing to us. It is our privilege to pray for you.” This seemed, at first, quite…


3 ways to live Lent when you are already in the desert

February 28, 2017

If you, like me, are in the desert this Lent, consider a different kind of spiritual practice for the next 40 days. Hold on to the ice cream, but work on the attitude.

Christy Wilkens

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