Category: Religion and Faith

Re-discovering the inner diva

Let it not be written on my tombstone that I was a coward and never dared to push the limits out of my comfort zone. There are times I wish I could have been in better possession of my faculties to avoid certain stupid mistakes along the way, but hey, if I hadn’t stumbled and

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Easter 2020: Contagion of Hope

The image I share with you today is part of an earlier blog called When The Road Takes You Elsewhere. It seemed absolutely perfect to use it again today for Easter, as I reflect on the blessings of the Risen Christ during this most unique Easter. Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ Urbi

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Why I didn’t fast or abstain this Good Friday

Having been raise Roman Catholic and still considering myself very much a practicing one, the Easter Triduum sits at the core of my religious upbringing. My parents were not very strict about fasting the entire Lent, but they were strict about abstinence on Fridays, no television or radio from Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday. As

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Psalm 56:11

“In God I trust, I shall not be afraid” – Psalm 56:11 The photograph today was taken when I was on my pilgrimage through Spain, the Camino Ignaciano. Fearless that I am, I set out the first time with no map, a GPS a dear friend thrust into my hands but I had no clue

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Three-Minute Mocha

Without realizing it, the battery had run out on my watch and I thought I had 20 minutes to kill before my scheduled appointment yesterday. It was cold, windy and I was in no mood to go window shopping. The next best option was to pop into a little Turkish cafe where I hang out

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Christmas Countdown Day 7: Pursuit of Light

“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.”-John O’Donohue, Anam

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Christmas Countdown Day 12: Faith & Perseverance

December 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. For Catholics living in North, Central and South America, the legend of the Mexican Virgin Mary who appeared to Juan Diego has been part of everyone┬┤s faith since 1531. I certainly grew up with it, and my parents adopted a special devotion to Nuestra

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Second Sunday of Advent Musings

Every day is ChristmasWhen you have the kind of mind,That stores up all the goodnessAnd the sweetness it can find.When you don’t need an occasion,To spread a bit of cheer,But just keep on a-giving,Of yourself throughout the year. Every day is Christmas,With a gaily wrapped surprise,When you’ve learnedTo see the friendship,In someone else’s eyes.When you

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Nikolaus 2019*

This is a recurring blog entry of mine that I tweak every year. Have you been naughty or nice this year? Did you earn a gold coin or a lump of coal? The German-speaking parts of Europe all celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas today and instead of coal or gold in the shoes left outside, children

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Advent 2019: First Candle

The first candle is lit and with it comes the challenge of the first Advent week: change swords into ploughshares. I take my inspiration from the Ignatian Spirituality and Advent guide 2019, because when it comes to theology and things spiritual, there is no way of budging me away from the Jesuits. Based on Isaiah

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