Retreats · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

The Fullness of Joy

The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything. –Julian of Norwich Life is a paradoxical journey, embracing joy and sadness, light and darkness, birthing and dying, God in all and God within.  This tension is held, sometimes with more trust than others. I find myself wondering in the tough times, is it really… Continue reading The Fullness of Joy

Mother ~ Daughter · Prayer · SoulCollage

What Makes a “Happy” Mother’s Day?

I heard the joyous greeting, “Happy Mother’s Day!”, many times this weekend.  But I was thinking since it is the first of this holiday I have spent without my daughter, what makes a “happy” Mother’s Day? Although I would love to be with Jessica, what makes a Mother’s Day truly happy (and this mother’s heart… Continue reading What Makes a “Happy” Mother’s Day?

Contemplative Photography · Country Roads · Retreats · Spiritual Journey

A Story Behind Everything

“However well satisfied you are with your own skill or intelligence, never forget how much there is that remains unknown to you.” -Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis There’s so much we don’t know, so much we don’t see, so much we can’t understand. There is a story behind everything and we aren’t always privy… Continue reading A Story Behind Everything

Books · Creativity · Family · Memories · Teaching

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