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You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.

My dad, Tom Blazek, had a dream to write a book about his hometown, Valparaiso, Nebraska—to create a timeline of its history and to share stories of growing up in a small town. Passionate about history, he would devour a book on a topic he loved—about World War II, the Civil War, the history of… Continue reading You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.

Benedictine Spirituality · Creativity · Retreats · SoulCollage

We Are Moons, Not Suns

 We are moons, not suns, except in our ability to pass on the light. ~Richard Rohr Just as the moon receives its light from the Sun, so we gather our light from a greater Source. Drawing from Divine Light through prayer, gratitude, and creativity, we can grow into the fullness of life that God desires… Continue reading We Are Moons, Not Suns

Creativity · Dreams · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

Wherever God Dwells in My Heart

God can speak in so many ordinary ways, but, if one does not intentionally take notice, a lesson will surely be lost. For me, listening to my dreams and expressing myself creatively is when I am most aware of God’s presence.   Recently, I had a dream that I was pregnant. I was not in… Continue reading Wherever God Dwells in My Heart

Benedictine Spirituality · Spiritual Friendship · Spiritual Journey

St Benedict, St. Scholastica and Spiritual Friendship

I received the gift of the Holy Spirit when I was nine years old. It took many months of catechism class to prepare to receive the sacrament of Holy Confirmation in the Catholic Church. There were dozens of questions about doctrine and faith to study, like: What is a sacrament?  A sacrament is an outward sign… Continue reading St Benedict, St. Scholastica and Spiritual Friendship

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Spiritual Journey

An ICY snow day reflection

Last week I enjoyed the stability of an icy day. The Benedictine vow of stability provides for our need to be rooted in Christ, to be grounded in the present moment, and practicing gratitude regardless of our circumstances and of the uncertain future.  Seasons come and go, “but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah… Continue reading An ICY snow day reflection

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Spiritual Journey

The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always?

The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always? Today’s weather, on this day of the inauguration, reflects how I have felt for several weeks now. It’s a little dreary, foggy, rainy; the road ahead is unclear.  But weather can change quickly in Nebraska, so I imagine that my feelings will likely change soon enough… Continue reading The road ahead is uncertain. But isn’t it always?

Benedictine Spirituality · Contemplative Photography · Retreats · Teaching

Bridges Photo Exhibit: 150 years, 93 counties, and my favorite place!

It’s finally here…Nebraska’s 150th birthday! And I can finally share the photograph of Christ the King Priory that is in  The “Bridges” Sesquicentennial Traveling Photo Exhibit. I submitted five photos of Christ the King Priory to a photography contest called Bridges, sponsored by Hildegard Center for the Arts, to highlight historic treasures in all 93 counties to… Continue reading Bridges Photo Exhibit: 150 years, 93 counties, and my favorite place!