When God calls you to greatness...have true courage. Joan of Arc is the patron saint of courage. More than bravery, her courage was that of giving herself whole-heartedly to God’s will.
Posted on May 13 2017
My vocation has changed so much. I was delivering babies and now I’m a full-time mom, a full-time wife, and raising my own little church. That has become my “yes” and while some people ask, “Do you miss work or the adult interaction,” and I do, but raising good catholic men and women with a foundation of faith that I know to be true is so much bigger than me.
I feel like being a mom and a wife has totally groomed my femininity. In Pope Saint John Paul II’s, “Letter to Women,” he says that we find true fulfillment in this complete gift of self and I’ve found that when you marry someone you get a glimpse of that. You completely give yourself to someone else and through that communion, you bear this fruit of life.
Posted on May 12 2017
The Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Who are you to say that what I have created isn’t perfect?” As I was praying with these words, my mind was filled with images of the people in the Dominican Republic I had encountered. There were few opportunities for education, many didn’t have much food or clothing, yet many exuded joy in their state of simplicity. I recalled a sweet grandmother who had a few people from our mission group over for lunch one day. She lovingly prepared a meal for us in her home made up of sticks and mud and said to us, “I feel bad for many Americans because they are spiritually impoverished. I know that I am rich in the Lord.” The people in this community knew their worth and identity as children of God, and rejoiced in that. How could I not live in joy and gratitude as well? How could I question who the Lord had created me to be or where my true identity was? During that hour of prayer, the Holy Spirit revealed to me my truest identity, and it forever changed the way I view myself and those around me. I am a daughter of God, beloved and treasured beyond my own understanding.
Posted on May 08 2017
He chooses to work with each of our souls in the way that's best for us. With me, He gently calls me to love, over and over again, because He wishes to draw me to Himself, He who is Love Incarnate. He calls me to love with all the finesse and exquisiteness of my femininity.
Posted on May 01 2017
With a pastor as a father, my mother learned the importance of faith, fellowship, and love at an early age. She passed down those same key values and principles, which has become the foundation of my life. Some of my mother's favorite bible verses, "faith without works is dead" (James 2:24-26) and "put God first In everything you do and He will crown your efforts with success" (Proverbs 3:6-8) are ones I always remembered as a child that provided guidance and clarity throughout the challenging times of my life.
Posted on March 30 2017
I came to believe as truth about who I am. I’ve got to offer that love and space up to others. Or what right do I have to it myself? There's no other way. We've got to do this together.
Posted on March 27 2017
We’re all born with this amazing knowingness of who we are and then somehow along the way we just...forget. or probably more appropriately stated, we learn it away, being very powerfully pushed and herded into shapes and jobs and relationships that someone else, some society, some education system, some family upbringing decided for us. Not nefariously, but out of love and concern. But in the process, we lose the ability to hear our own voice. And believe me, as much of an overachiever as I have been in my life, as much success as some would perceive that I have had, there is absolutely nothing that satisfies my need to live life, fully contributing and participating open throttle, to my absolute capacity for joy, passion, forgiveness and love, as does answering the call of my inner voice. Because that voice has no agenda other than to live truthfully and love fully. And that's what this symbol reminds me, every day.
Posted on March 23 2017
As we continued our journey in Israel with Nia Peeples, the age-old question as to the identity of Mary Magdalene became a topic of regular discussion. With child-like intrigue, she asked many people who we came upon what their thoughts/beliefs were on Mary Magdalene. If you have learned something about Mary Magdalene on your faith journey, please […]
Posted on March 20 2017
Today we are remembering back to July 22, 2016, the first official feast day of St. Mary Magdalene in the church, and the first day that Nia Peeples walked through the doors of My Saint My Hero. We had been introduced to each other through a mutual friend, and because Nia loved our story and […]
Posted on October 06 2016
Our most sacred symbol, the Flower of Life, is a celebration of the women who wear it. Three women, two pilgrimages, awoken by the beautiful truth of who they are. I think God brought me to Magdala to culminate my launching into my mission as a storyteller by bringing me to the place of His […]