Finding God Outside the Box

Only six short months ago, we were all anticipating the year “2020”... The “Class of 2020” (what a great year to say you graduated!), tacky jokes about “2020 vision,” the adjustment to writing a “2” instead of a “1” on that written year section on a check or a form, as we had done for [...]

Confessions of an Unbeliever

Wait... what? Shalimamma, an unbeliever?! Yeah, that's right. I may as well cut to the chase. I'm a natural-born skeptic, a Thomas (before he became a saint), a question-asker (is that a word?), a challenger to any and all "boxes" people want to assign me to, which seem logical and easy, but equally seem impossible [...]

When All You Need Is a Hug…

... even if it's one in your dreams... That was me, even though I would have been too rushed to think I needed one. And not just any hug; I mean a hug where everything suddenly feels right, secure, strong, healed... you know those kinds? They aren't the kind that happen often. Believe me, I [...]

When Nothing Makes Sense…

Praise God for days that don’t make sense for ceaseless cries and pleading eyes everlasting piles of mess missed appointments bills unpaid wet-soaked sky and tiredness wounds unhealed heart with ache while overtaking days still pass. Yet things just seem to fall in place despite my prayer or side-eyed glance at icons sternly, softly quietly [...]

Newborn in the Lap of God

A few months ago, one of the sweet and beautiful nuns (who used to be a NICU nurse) at Christ the Bridegroom, held my baby Simeon. The nuns love all children... but as Sr. Iliana held Simeon, she said, “This is how we are to be! Like a newborn in the lap of Christ!” I knew [...]