The Gift of a Blessing » Special Guests
Posted on September 15 2020
Posted on June 08 2020
God shows up in my life every single day, every minute, every second. I’m actually a survivor of the Route 91 mass shooting that happened in Las Vegas. It was the largest mass shooting in modern-day American history, and that day, I went to celebrate my birthday in Las Vegas. It was really the unthinkable. […]
Posted on July 03 2018
Many years ago, when I was trying to come up with a name for my production company, without missing a beat my mother said, “Call it St. Amos.” Neither of us knew that there was a real saint by that name—we just thought it sounded cool. Well, not only was St. Amos cool, he […]
Posted on May 01 2018
My recent conviction of "be the one," when I think about the one person, the one collection of human beings in the world that needs this love that doesn't have bounds, conditions or strings attached is young women. I don't see a more broken group of people.
Posted on April 23 2018
When I think about the Seed of Life the thing that sticks out to me is the word life. And I think life is something that is just taken for granted. It’s kind of a reminder that life starts and ends with God. He’s involved in our life all the way through. In every moment of […]
Posted on March 07 2018
Posted on February 28 2018
When I met my husband, I wasn’t praying for love. I wasn’t praying for a boyfriend or a relationship. I was praying to draw closer to the Lord. I was at a crossroads in my life, and my prayer was simply that the Lord have His way in my life and that He turn my heart towards […]
Posted on February 14 2018
For two days last week we were able to offer 20 women the opportunity to slow down and learn about the meaning of Lent with Fr. Charbel. We then painted our own beautiful journal covers guided by the talented local watercolor artist Suzy Cyr.
Posted on December 05 2017
Advent, which began on Sunday, is the beginning of the new year in the church. The word itself means coming. The Advent wreath is a beautiful opportunity for prayer as the candles are lit, especially together with the family. "The family that prays together..."
Posted on September 21 2017
Madi, our newest team member, shares her experience and reflections from the LA Prayer Breakfast that took place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles, this past Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
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 12 2017
My sweet sister and I sat in the car the other night and she asked me what it meant to hear God. And I said, “What the heck, lets just ask Him to speak to us.” We sat there, waiting on God and after not even 2 minutes she said, “Madi, God showed me a […]
Posted on March 05 2017
The Garden. In the word, we see the Garden is the meeting place of God, where Adam and Eve walked with God without fear or shame, in pure intimacy with Him. It’s where Jesus knelt as the soldiers came and the deepest of darkness fell upon Him, where He chose us, to be our Redeemer, […]