Tag Archives: Trust

Is Love Enough?

The Beetles sang, “All You Need is Love.” But how true is that? Is love really enough? Is it the only thing you need in a successful relationship? From one past experience, I’d say, “No.” Many decades ago—yep, I’m old enough to look back many, many moons—I was in a relationship where my partner and […]

She Trusted That God Had a Better Plan

“After eight years, Sister St. Theodore was sent to another school. She did not want to leave the children in Rennes, but she trusted that God had another plan for her. The new school was in the small town of Soulaines. When Sister St. Theodore was not teaching, she spent time studying with a doctor. […]

Jesus, I Trust in You

“For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” These were the words that popped into my head while undergoing a recent medical test. The test itself wasn’t difficult, but the results had potentially serious implications. I pray often, my favorite prayers being the Hail Mary and Our […]

In the Presence of a Saint

Relics are important avenues for prayer that are often misunderstood. These sacramentals are means to enhance our prayer life, bring us closer to the deceased saint, and ultimately, closer to God. Revering relics isn’t just a “Catholic thing.” We have references of relics and extraordinary results after coming near them noted in both the Hebrew […]

Fairy Tale Lives

Hans Christian Andersen said, “Every person’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.” Why do we love fairy tales? Is it the conflict between good and evil, the drama, and endless possibilities? Or is it the happy ending that we so enjoy? God created us with free will and an array of unique talents. We […]

Put It in God’s Hands

Older people are the happiest. Studies continuously show this to be true. Perhaps there is less stress, especially for those who are retired and whose children are grown and self-sufficient.Although health may decline, there tends to be less to worry about. It also is likely to do with faith. Studies also show that those with […]

God Is with Us

Saint Theodora’s mantra was Trust in Providence. She realized the challenges this belief presented. It wasn’t as if her life and ministry was smooth sailing all the way. Yet, Saint Theodora trusted in God when chronic illness made attending to her responsibilities difficult. She trusted in God when fire destroyed the community’s food supply. She didn’t give up […]

Fairy Tales and Miracles

Fairy tales are the stuff dreams are made of, and dreams do come true. So do miracles. The weak become strong, the small are the giants, and the ugly and down-trodden rise to the top. We see this in fairy tales such as with the Ugly Duckling that grows into a beautiful swan, tiny Thumbelina […]

Let Go. Let God

  “Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally–not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead.” This passage from 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 is paired with one from the story, Fortune’s Overshoes in the book, Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated […]

You, the Hero

We love fairy tales because it is where we can be heroes. Our imagination takes us to times and places where we are the best we can possibly hope to be. We really can be anything we want. With God, anything is possible.  Dream big, ask the Lord for guidance, and you may be surprised […]