Creativity · Power of Images · Prayer · Retreats · SoulCollage

Be Excessively Gentle: A New Year’s Un-Resolution

“Gentle” is going to be my word for 2017. I resolve to be gentle, excessively gentle. A new year’s resolution implies a determined effort to make a change, of which I certainly could consider—to be more patient and generous, to eat more healthful, to exercise, to lose weight. There is an endless list of shoulds,… Continue reading Be Excessively Gentle: A New Year’s Un-Resolution

Creativity · Dreams

When the Dust Settles

“In dreams, spiritual reality breaks into our life…In our conscious life, we are often blind and deaf to God.  We overlook what God wants to tell us.  We listen solely to our own thoughts and those of the people around us and fail to hear God’s voice.  For this reason, God must be made perceptible… Continue reading When the Dust Settles

Creativity · Mother ~ Daughter · Nature · Power of Images · SoulCollage

In God’s World, Every Day is Earth Day

For Earth day, I was invited to write an article for the April 2016 SoulCollage® newsletter, SoulCollage® Community Update, reflecting on how creating with images of nature can cultivate a sense of gratitude for God’s creation  and, ultimately, impact how we protect our earth’s resources. It’s an honor to share it with SoulFully You readers as well: As Earth Day (April 22) approaches, I’ve… Continue reading In God’s World, Every Day is Earth Day

Creativity · Mother ~ Daughter · Nature · Power of Images · Prayer

Protectors of Creation: An Earth Day Challenge

Seeing the beauty of nature is the first step to taking action to protect it. Unless we can appreciate the oneness we have with creation, we will do very little to protect it. “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” –Pope Francis… Continue reading Protectors of Creation: An Earth Day Challenge

Benedictine Spirituality · Creativity · Power of Images · SoulCollage · Teaching

Always We Begin Again

“Always we begin again.” –St. Benedict I just started my 39th semester of teaching.  I love the “beginning again” that comes with the teaching profession.  Two of my favorite things about teaching are discovering new ways to share the love of learning with students and the chance to start the next semester with a clean… Continue reading Always We Begin Again

Contemplative Prayer · Power of Images · Spiritual Journey

Images of Faith: My Grandma and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Images are so powerful. They tap into the pool of memories, both personal and universal, that are deep within us. One image can be understood in so many ways—for different people, faiths and cultures or for the same person over time. Today when the Sacred Heart of Jesus popped out at me in my Facebook… Continue reading Images of Faith: My Grandma and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Creativity · Prayer · SoulCollage

Praying with Scissors

“Why run with scissors when you can pray with them?” After attending a recent SoulCollage® workshop, feeling inspired, a participant hashtagged this question, “Why run with scissors when you can pray with them?” It’s impossible to be creative or prayerful when either we are running around with scissors in our hands or our head spinning… Continue reading Praying with Scissors