A Reluctant Evangelist

I flirted with fundamentalism during my college years. I’d met a group of Christians who talked about their faith with the same zeal as a weight lifter, all beefed up on steroids and vanity, promotes his health regimen. They called this “being on fire for Christ.” I still wince every time I hear the phrase. Continue reading “A Reluctant Evangelist”

How to Pray So That God Will Answer

Anyone who is devoted to the pursuit of prayer—real prayer and not the cotton candy Christian kind of prayer that consists of a litany of wishes and lacks any depth of thought or submission to the sanctifying hand of God—will tell you that at times it is a gut wrenching experience. Continue reading “How to Pray So That God Will Answer”

What’s in a Name?

Here’s a quirky confession: from time to time I sign my checks and credit card receipts with names like Agatha Christie, Madeleine L’Engle, Dorothy Sayers and Gilbert Chesterton. I’ve even signed them as Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. This is all in protest over the fact that too often in this world our identity is reduced to a set of numbers (social security numbers, account numbers, credit card numbers, etc). Continue reading “What’s in a Name?”

On Good Quotes

I love a good quote. At times when I happen upon one it is just the thing I need to make sense of what I am feeling or experiencing. Continue reading “On Good Quotes”

Praise in the Winter

The leaves have fallen from the maples and the oaks, and now they are nothing more than a heap of crooked limbs just sitting there looking like death. Mourning their loss. Hoping for spring. Continue reading “Praise in the Winter”

Where is God in the Midst of Suffering

The article below is a piece that I published several years ago with the Integrated Catholic Life. I’d completely forgotten about it. I don’t think I came across it today coincidentally, because it is just the reminder that I needed. I’m posting it here in the hopes that it might encourage you. Continue reading “Where is God in the Midst of Suffering”

Anger with God

I once had a writing teacher who, when we’d complain of having writer’s block, insisted, “Write what you can’t get out of your mind.” I do plan to continue writing more in the Letters in Tragedy series (you can read the first two here and here), but what I cannot get out of my mind today is the idea of being angry and frustrated with God.

I have been deeply angry and frustrated with God. My guess is that at times you have felt the same. Continue reading “Anger with God”

The Source of Self-Worth

Two weeks after my divorce was finalized, I received a phone call from my attorney informing me that my ex-husband had filed a court motion requesting the judge overturn the divorce decree. Continue reading “The Source of Self-Worth”