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- Eudora Welty

Content with Less

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Reflections |


“They have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


My children, your father and I are no strangers to the pressures of “keeping up.” Being satisfied with less is an honest to goodness, ongoing struggle in this day and age of iGadgets, McMansions, and “you deserve more, because you’re worth it” – a real swimming upstream ambition. 

We are in no way belittling the difficulties you face as young men and women being heavily marketed to, and yes perhaps even judged for what you have or don’t have, wear or don’t wear. And it is tempting as a parent sometimes to want to save you from the temporary sting of being looked down upon, or forced to writhe in disappointment because we can’t or won’t buy you your every heart’s desire. 

But, here’s the thing, darlings: 

More than a momentary rush we long for you deep and lasting fulfillment, and I believe down to my core that this kind of unearthly contentment is thwarted by a ravenous, unquenchable thirst for material possessions. Dying to greed is painful, it is hard, it is countercultural, but it is necessary for embracing simplicity from which flows gratitude and freedom from envy. 

May our joy be ever independent of the accumulation of stuff, fueled instead by a passion for God, people, creativity, beauty, literature, music, generosity and compassion! Oh my loves, there is so much worth savoring right here at our fingertips!

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Let It Go

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Reflections |

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“There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.”

– Jessica Hatchigan


I can look back on my teens, twenties and early thirties now with a clarity and understanding born of hindsight. I’m trying my best to keep this in mind as I approach this different stage of life with its own challenging questions I am not presently equipped to answer. If experience has taught me anything, however, about embracing the great unknown, it is this:

Hang on desperately to your Faith – continuously cling to it, lean into it, rest in it, love and serve your fellow human beings unconditionally, expecting nothing in return, by way of it.

And then let go. Unclench your fists and release your expectations, your pride, your assumptions, your fears, your insecurities. Take every anxious and judgmental thought captive – surrender them to God, untouched and unheeded. 

Giving up is an act of apathy and/or despair. Letting go is a courageous and intentional decision to remain from day-to-day, minute-to-minute, peaceful and light-filled despite your circumstances.

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Look For Good

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Reflections |

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“I believe that consistently we need to look for good, and not for evil, that when we look for evil we call up evil, while heaven comes closer when we acknowledge it.”
- Madeleine L’Engle, Penguins and Golden Calves

I believe, I believe, I believe this with all my heaven-hungry heart.

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One Step At A Time

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Reflections |


“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery 


When the finish line feels too far away to bear, tear your focus away from the future. God gives us the courage we need for but the moment or task at hand. Living ahead of ourselves is so very detrimental to our peace of soul. Clear your mind of the “what ifs” and fill it instead with a renewed awareness of all that is still beautiful about “what is” – right here, right now. Be merciful to one another, ever mindful of our shared humanity. Come, let us pace ourselves together. There is strength, and hope, in numbers!

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At the end of the day

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Reflections |


“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” 
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables 


At the end of the day, at the end of it all, only love remains eternal. People before things! People before accomplishments! Generosity and compassion, not possessions or admiration, make life significant, invaluable and redemptive.

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It’s Snowing Still

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Reflections |

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“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“And freezing.”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.” 
― A.A. Milne

It’s been a long, long winter for so many of us. I am wishing for you warmth tonight – warm prayers of gratitude, warm interactions with your loved ones, warm tea, warm socks, warm moments of rest. May God bless you and keep you in His perfect peace!

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