ow is God inviting you to conform to His plan for your marriage and family? Are parts of His calling difficult or even painful at times? How are you being invited to say “yes” to God’s will in all circumstances?
Can you imagine loving others as Jesus did? Knowing that his apostles will break his heart, disappoint him, leave him alone to suffer, and deny their love for him in front of others – yet Jesus loves them enough to give himself.
By Sarah Streitwieser The Joy that Mary and Joseph experience when they find Jesus in the temple is not unique to them. Rather, it is an experience that is often repeated in the spiritual life. We are all invited to “find” Jesus – “Seek and you shall find” (Mt. 7:7). Sometimes we find Him already […]
By Sarah Streitwieser The story of finding Jesus in the temple leads me to wonder about all of the other stories and intricacies of Jesus’s early life. What did the Holy Family’s experience when they lived in Egypt? Were their basic needs (food, shelter, and clothing) always easily attained, or did they struggle and sometimes […]
By Sarah Streitwieser Obedience is another virtue that seems to be no longer in vogue among secular social ideals. For most, the thought of obeying to an outside authority – whether that be God or another person – would be an affront to one’s personhood. We live in an era where personal truth and expression […]
By Sarah Streitwieser The Presentation marks another mystery in which Mary is the recipient of lively, weighty, and (presumably) unexpected conversation. In each early moment of Jesus’s conception and birth, it seems that someone is “dropping in” on Mary with astonishing announcements or sweeping proclamations. In the Annunciation, Mary is visited by Gabriel and asked […]
By Sarah Streitwieser Detachment is the spiritual fruit that is associated with the mystery of the Nativity. But what exactly is detachment, and how does it differ from callousness or apathy? Certainly the Holy Family was neither callous not apathetic, yet we can rightly assume that they were radically detached. But what exactly does this […]
By Sarah Streitwieser Do you ever find it difficult to imagine the Nativity with fresh eyes and an open heart? Does it seem particularly challenging to avail yourself to new insights from a story you have (most likely) heard so many times? Perhaps more than any other story or Biblical encounter, the mystery of the […]
By Sarah Streitwieser In last weeks’ blog entry I mentioned that somehow between many “failed” rosary praying attempts and regimens, I began learning this one simple fact: the mysteries of the Rosary are not something that we are meant to master. Rather, we are called to enter into them and to let ourselves be mastered. […]
When I first started praying the rosary, I have to admit that I initially felt a bit underwhelmed by most of the suggested meditation points – the so-called “mysteries.” Honestly, I just didn’t understand them. Or more accurately, I assumed that I did understand them and therefore didn’t get what all of the fuss was about. […]