Joe Biden’s birthplace of Scranton in Pennsylvania was the first spot I learned to cultivate the American ‘Can-Do’ attitude. Don’t my University of Scranton buddies know what I’m talking about? Even later illness as a volunteer and struggle with mental health could not shake it off. Here’s to the best of the USA!Continue reading “America, we courageously can”
I share my biggest lesson from a recent 8 week mindfulness (MBSR/MBCT) course, suggesting three ways to speak from our ‘heart centre’.Continue reading “My mindfulness lesson for life”
A testimony of the life and death of my grandmother Una. As I reflect on our relationship, I realise that I’m not necessarily grateful ‘for’ all things. But I am grateful for digging deep to find gratitude ‘in’ all things. RIP Granny.
Is it true that most Netflix customers binge-watch regularly? After getting totally lost in a series, I return to a fundamental life lesson and to what keeps me grounded.Continue reading “Binge-watching club?”
A creative video on how we spend time with our family or community during the Covid-19 crisis. God speaks to the inner critic, the inner observer and the inbetweener again, asking: “What would you say to a family or community member whose cracks are beginning to show? How would you treat them?” Scripture: Matthew 7: 1-5. Continue reading “Value of time: 3 of 3”
This week I offer a creative reflection on the inner critic, the inner observer and the inbetweener. I imagine their mantras and mottos, and ask who we identify most with. Continue reading “Who to befriend”
I respond to a decrease in overall satisfaction with life during the pandemic and a challenge from a listener. I draw from Ignatian Spirituality to explore the mellow flame of love that sustains us through the ups and downs of life. While acknowledging the natural highs and lows, I look to an Ignatian rule of vigilance after experiencing a consolation without a preceding cause. Continue reading “Mellow flame of love”
I was invited by Jesuit.ie to write a story about my website. The article was called ‘New Ignatian-inspired website’ because I was inspired by Ignatian Spirituality (‘finding God in all things’) to write on contemplative wisdom for wellbeing. Here I introduce my ‘Bursting Out in Praise’ triangle – a dynamic process of transcendence even during the pain or suffering of the Covid-19 pandemic. I also sing my own personal prayer called ‘The Magnificent Magnificat of Mary’, joining with Mary in saying ‘Yes’ to God. Continue reading “‘Bursting Out in Praise’ triangle”
I introduce my new website, Gratitude in All Things, offering blogposts and meditative podcasts to tune into what we have in a loving way and to deepen our sense of reality, even in the midst of pain or suffering.