Tender mercies, not terror

In light of the tragic scenes of trauma everywhere in the world, I just want to write something, anything to help make people feel better instead of analyze the unfolding calamities. It’s revealing to talk with people now days who’ve not had much experience with trauma, who suddenly find themselves embroiled in unimaginable daily news events which are deeply affecting their hearts and minds. If one has an ear to hear, the fear is becoming an unmistakable stronghold for many. How do I know this? I have two very old friends: fear and trauma. Yes, they have become my friends, but that’s a story for another day. Trauma is difficult trial/cross..It can send your emotions into shock, freeze your affections, make your thoughts not sync well, have you...

We Conquer Evil by the Power of the Cross

We Conquer Evil by the Power of the Cross

    My father had a gift that kept me on the straight and narrow. It became more of a treasure to me in his sober years when, as a teenager and into my young adulthood, he had the ability to laser focus through all the nonsensical ramblings of a situation-right straight to the truth of the matter. How many times it caught me off-guard when I thought I had a youthful “state of affairs” safely under wraps, only to encounter a few of his strategic questions that pulled the proverbial wool off my eyes, exposing the fact that he knew the truth from the get go. There’s only a few of things you can do when reality hits the fan in such stark expose: deny any connection, accept the truth…or run. From experience I can tell you I’ve...

My Miracle Workers

My Miracle Workers

      Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.  Helen Keller   Here’s a question I never thought about until  Connie Rossini at Catholics Spirituality Blogs‘ asked,   “What is your spiritual idiolect and how did you discover or develop it?” She defined it for us:   “Everyone has an idiolect–a collection of personal speech habits that is different from anyone else’s. Have you ever thought about your spiritual idiolect? Since your soul is unique, you have a personal way of speaking to God that no one else completely shares. Today I am announcing the creation of a new blog that will help you find and fine-tune your...

Better to Listen to Him in the Whisper

Better to Listen to Him in the Whisper

    This past week has been nothing short of surreal. It was so much to take in in only five days..What unimaginable horror two seemingly typical young men brought upon the city of Boston and our country. It finally ended last night when law enforcement from many different agencies descended on a boat, in a backyard on Franklin St, with a 19 year old terrorist bleeding and hiding under a tarp.   Everyone handles crisis differently. For me, I tend to watch and read everything from start to finish. It’s the way I deal with trauma. As a survivor myself, I want to be present with those who are suffering in the only way I can from where I am…watchfulness and prayer. Some PTSD expert can have a field day with that. I am so deeply sorrowful...

Save his soul, Lord.

Save his soul, Lord.

  It was all about waiting on the Lord today; waiting for another decision to come down, one that rested in the hands of others as it has for 30 years, out of my control except for the letters that represent me, written by those who have loved me through six sets of parole board meetings, each with the potential …. to set free the man who, one afternoon in July many years ago…changed my life.   On days like this we all take our positions, like actors on a stage with marks we each must hit, remembering our lines because the show must go on. We depend on each other, we trust each other, we give each other space—to wait. You are only given a docket number ..so you never really know what time the case is heard, but once our letters are...