We close the door of ourselves in order to keep out all that can disturb: movement, words, noise, so that we can make silence inside and pray. Quietude and silence allow us to reflect and listen to the Other so that we can take Him inside. We wish to help children to become conscious of the value of quietness and silence as a condition for responding to God.Read More
About the Blog
Each week, I will write about the Bible and what its ancient truths might have to say to us today. The Bible’s truths are not like those in a news article that reports the facts of the day; they are timeless truths about the human being in relationship to God. The stories of the Bible form a kind of template, or pattern, that, when studied with humility and reverence, reveal glimpses of the dynamics of the kingdom of God. For example, the story of the Exodus was read by blacks enslaved in the American South as proof that God intended them to live in freedom from bondage, in covenant relationship with God. The Christian church sees baptism as a type of Exodus that frees people from bondage to sin and death, in the new covenant of Jesus’ death and Resurrection.
Also like my book, the blog will follow the traditional seasons of the church year, as recorded in the liturgical calendar as shared by many Christian denominations. Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost: when lived consciously, each season illuminates different themes from the Bible, bringing us, through gentle repetition, into a rhythm of life that brings us closer and closer to God.
At the end of each blog post is a form that invites your written response. It is my wish to create a safe space for your reflection and wondering, in company with other women on the Way.
The prayer of children has a special quality: it is silent and contemplative. The long silence of a small child, even less than one year, in front of a sunset or a bird flying in the sky, can be already a prayer.–Gianna GobbiRead More
If we want to prepare a home in which our child’s spirit can grow, we need to begin by preparing the environment within our own hearts. For this we need time, prayer, and the attitude of a scientist. Observe your child. Pray with your child. Listen to your child. Follow your child. Enjoy your child.Read More
In the child there exists a hidden but profoundly spiritual nature that the child desires to live out. We adults can help the child reveal her true nature, but we need to be prepared for the task. “The eye sees that which the mind is prepared to comprehend” We can prepare our minds to see the child’s true nature, the treasure hidden within the child.Read More
Reduce the stress of preparing for Christmas, and enjoy the season more, by focusing less on gifts and decorations and more on the spirit of the season of Advent, waiting for Jesus the Light to be born anew in our hearts.Read More
You and your child need nothing more than each other to create sacred space. Sitting silently together will bring you closer to each other and to God.Read More
Anyone can create a sacred space at home, a place to pray and talk about Jesus. You don’t need special knowledge to wonder with your child about what the words of Jesus might mean.Read More
Rather than boast of God’s favor, Paul boasts of his weaknesses. Why? Jesus tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” What is it about weakness that makes it a strength when used in God’s service?Read More
Why do we celebrate Pentecost? Are its flames a remembrance of things past, or do they have power to transform our lives today?Read More
We celebrate Pentecost, the end of the Easter season, with vivid pomp, fiery colors, and beautiful music. As we settle into Ordinary Time, we might have a sense of let-down, of absence. How can we retain the vivid sense of Jesus’ presence that we had during the seasons of Lent and Easter?Read More