Enjoy Your Brand New Day!

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. —Lamentations 3:22-23 My fiancé is known in certain circles as Brand New Day Francis. That’s because he is always reminding people that God gave them a brand new day. “No one […]

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Growing in God’s Garden

A few weeks ago while completing renovations on our older home, my fiancé planted cucumber, tomato, and okra seeds in a couple of flowerbeds in our front yard. We continued watering our small garden, having faith that God would do the rest. When we finally moved in a few days ago, yellow flowers started appearing […]

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Jesus Loves YOU!

This morning, I got up early again and wrote a couple of daily scriptural guides for Liturgical Press on God’s mercy. Right after I put the period on the last sentence, I received a random direct message from a priest based in Rome who I follow on Twitter. I have never heard from him directly […]

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In the Belly of the Whale

After a restless few hours of tossing and turning, I finally decided to give up on sleep at 3 a.m. this morning and take advantage of the time to work on a new writing assignment. God had a lot to share with me this morning about the Scripture readings I was asked to meditate on […]

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Let It Be Done to Me

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”  Luke 1:38 It is these words of Mary that changed the course of human history forever. With her ‘yes’, she made it possible for God to visit us in the flesh, in the form of Jesus. And […]

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Giving the Gift of Presence

When I went to visit my mom in the nursing home this week, O Come, O Come Emmanuel was piping through the intercom. Garlands and Christmas ornaments were hanging from the ceiling, the Christmas tree was up in the visiting room, and the nurses were doing their best to make things a bit merrier for […]

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