Sometimes I Pray for the Grace of Being Less Productive

Published Jan 27, 2021 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

For the first time during my break, I was able to concentrate on something. I began sketching a chubby leg, two hands hovering above a halo. This was the infant Jesus that would become the object of my prayer over the Christmas season. What I created also became my prayer, a prayer to be less active and more present.

How God and Grace Will Find Me this Holiday Season

Published Dec 9, 2020 in Advent, Blogs, Christmas, Spirituality ~ Approx 4 mins

Perhaps, like me, you are discerning how you should spend your holidays? You are praying and asking God to show you how to be present to your loved ones and still keep them safe. As I pray with all my anger, frustration, loneliness, and hunger for loved ones this holiday season, I am reminded that God often provides for us in ways we don’t expect or even necessarily want. 

About That Time I Discovered God in a Garden

Published Oct 21, 2020 in Blogs, Spirituality ~ Approx 3 mins

I found myself in the community garden here at Loyola University Chicago, where students and  Jesuit scholastics volunteer. We harvest the crops and donate them to a local food pantry, I was told, and the idea of helping out appealed to me. So much more happens in the garden that day. Take a moment to read and reflect with me on an experience of a God who nurtures.