Category Archives: Hope

Be Still and Know

When I was teaching and leading retreats I learnt a beautiful way to pray the breath prayer or centering prayer. Using the phrase  “Be still and know that I am God”  start with the whole phrase, breathing in slowly and … Continue reading

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The anxiety of loss; the loss of anxiety, Part II

This article has some excellent advice. Tips For Taking Care of Yourself During Stressful Times From the NIU Employee Assistance Program Stop, breathe, and tell yourself:  “This is hard and I will get through this 1 step at a time.”   During … Continue reading

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In Preparation for Ash Wednesday – a Reflection

Ash Wednesday is a day that unites all Christians. Even though it isn’t a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics it has become a priority. Why is it so important to us? In New Orleans one could speculate that we … Continue reading

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Letting Go of the Illusion of Control

In the face of recent flooding in the South and natural disasters worldwide, I offer this excerpt from my book … ================================================= After Katrina I heard this comment from a Lakeview resident who had lost everything,         … Continue reading

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Seneca on Anxiety

… But the greatest peril of misplaced worry, Seneca cautions, is that in keeping us constantly tensed against an imagined catastrophe, it prevents us from fully living. He ends the letter with a quote from Epicurus illustrating this sobering point: … Continue reading

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Hope

WORD FOR THE DAY When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. RALPH WALDO EMERSON VISIT GRATEFULNESS.ORG

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Oh My Soul

Oh, my soul Oh, how you worry Oh, how you’re weary, from fearing you lost control This was the one thing, you didn’t see coming And no one would blame you, though If you cried in private If you tried … Continue reading

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Loss is like a tsunami

In New Orleans we are very aware of the power of great waves pushed up by hurricanes. Driving along the coast recently I was reminded of this power and how much had to be rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. The loss … Continue reading

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In the Eye of the Storm

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The grass isn’t always greener

I received a wonderful quote the other day: WORD FOR THE DAY The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass … Continue reading

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