I’m so glad you’re here.
I can sense the energy that is in your heart, a heart ready for something new, for more, for a new sunrise, a new chance, a way to pierce the darkness of what is so unreal around you so that you can find within your own heart “the Dawn from on High who has broken upon us, shown in our darkness, and led our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1)
I love the moment of sunrise in the morning. Do you? The human heart knows it was made for the day… for the Eternal DAY that will never end!
The sunrise is the glorious announcement of something new, a new opportunity for joy, for birth, for creativity, for relationship, for love. As the sun stretches its arms of color across the horizon, gradually exchanging pastel hues of a sleepy dawn for the solid gold of day, the night is left behind. Even at times the memory of the darkness is gone. Only the expectant future, pregnant with promise, remains.
To run along the horizon at morn, to dance with the dawn, to explode with the joy of a future that leaves the past in the past is one of the greatest habits of mind and heart that we can develop. God gives us the opportunity to practice these habits day after day, for we can touch the sunrise every 24 hours and the possibility of joy is there again.
To touch the sunrise is to enter with wonder once again into the paradise of our heart. It is in your heart’s paradise where you will be able to put to rest forever the nagging questions that run like your life’s background music:
Do I matter to God?
Does God see me?
Does God hear me?
Does God get what’s happening to me and what it means?
Here you will embark on a journey of self-knowledge–you will learn to see yourself the way God sees you; self-compassion–how beautiful it will be to love yourself the way God loves you; and self-surrender–how blessed to be able to live ourselves in this attitude of Christ to his Father and to his brothers and sisters!
I love the story of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet. I can imagine myself kneeling next to her, experiencing with her the moment that transfixed her heart. Within her story I can experience how Jesus looked at her, saw her, remembered her, knew her as more than just another person in need of healing, but knew the soul of a woman who bore the imprint of his Father’s creative love.
This woman’s brave action and Jesus’ tenderness with her has become for me a sacred story because I believe that this is the love people today crave. I want to see Jesus looking at me as he looked at this woman.
And so do you.
We all secretly desire to be seen, known, honored, loved, swept off our feet, taken away from sorrow and shielded from pain’s power, removed from the overwhelming weight of sin’s dullness. I have been helping people walk this road of spiritual growth and inner healing for the past twenty years.
A stroke at the age of 21 was God’s masterful move in orienting me in this direction. As I dove deep into the ocean of sorrow and confusion in my own life, I found my joy at last in sharing with others what had been given to me.
I made my first tentative steps in sharing the journey that God had taken with me through suffering in the book Surviving Depression: A Catholic Approach. God took that fragile first attempt and spoke right to the hearts of people who had suffered too long from the darkest night of depression and other emotional pain. He is the one who made sure it reached hands and hearts all over the world. It has been translated into almost 20 languages and is in its Third Edition.
My three most recent books are markers along the most recent leg of the journey of healing I have been on with the divine Healer. They directly flow from the surprises the Lord has had in store for me as I walked through the confusion milestones of midlife.
Meditations for Deeper Trust
Meditations for Inner Peace
What has been pure grace, a daily honoring of the way God brings new days to light for his loved ones, is walking with people who want a companion on the journey of healing God is inviting them to. We walk together in my HeartWork Community.
In the evenings I direct the My Sisters Online Facebook Community for those who know that God is calling them to be a great saint. Right where they are, he is inviting them to have a deeper relationship with him. In the midst of the darkness and confusion that is so present today, God is calling them to bring his light into a world that desperately needs it. My Sisters Online Community support you who have this goal. It is a place to grow, ask questions, and receive guidance, a place where we can strive for holiness together.
My style will help you to:
- Step back, ease up, and take a walk through your inner space, a walk that is gentle, casual, and tender.
- Touch aspects of your history, of your soul, of your heart that you may not have had access to for a long time. By just being with all this, new doors will open. And the marvelous thing is this: something new happens when we are present to God and to ourselves. We have time for something new to come about in our lives. It is all mercy. It is all grace!
- Pray with scripture in a way that will help you deepen your intimacy with Jesus and your trust in God. Scripture shows us that it is when we encounter the Face of God, the gaze of Jesus, that our struggle shifts. Praying with scripture is meant to help you hear Jesus’ message in a new way and with a new heart.