About Becky Eldredge
Becky Eldredge is a writer and spiritual director in Baton Rouge, LA. The author of Busy Lives & Restless Souls, Becky holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. She has her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Spring Hill College. Becky has been involved in ministry for more than 15 years, with the majority of her work in retreat ministry and adult faith formation. While ministry is one of her passions, her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband, Chris, and her children, Brady, Abby, and Mary.

Encountering God through the Smells of Childhood

In her new book, Taste and See: Experiencing the Goodness of God with Our Five Senses, Ginny Kubitz Moyer offers us a beautiful Examen that invites us to reflect on the smells of childhood. My reflection with that Examen opened up a world of childhood memories. I remembered how I loved the smell of my mother’s cooking when I came home from school. The scent welcomed me home and let me know I was where […]

When Did You First Encounter the Risen Christ?

I took a long sip of my hot coffee to give me a minute to process his question. Sitting across from me was a man in his late twenties who had just asked me, “When did you first encounter the Risen Christ?” His question made me pause. Not only was I thrown off by the depth of his question within minutes of meeting each other, but I was not prepared to be the one asked this […]

Lessons from Being the New Person in a Community

The last eight years feel like they were one continual transition. Three cross-country moves and two cross-city moves have made our family the new members in communities numerous times. Even now, as we settle into the city that my husband and I grew up in, we are the newbies yet again as we seek to get acclimated to our church community, our children’s school community, and our larger civic community. Here are a few things […]

Four Things to Remember if Life Doesn’t Have You in Easter Season

Our lives do not always align with the liturgical seasons. Easter season is upon us, but life might have us in Lent. Perhaps we are living a Good Friday moment or we are still in the tomb, waiting in hope for our Easter moment to arrive. What can we do when our lives are not congruent with the Easter season we are celebrating? Having lived “off-season” many times before, here are four things I find […]

Relationship with Jesus

Let the risen Jesus enter your life—welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk; you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid. Trust him, be confident that he is close to you, that he is with you, and he will give […]

Peace and God’s Will

Have you ever heard someone say, “Peace comes from doing God’s will”? Sometimes I feel like this is the craziest line someone can give me, especially when I am in the middle of attempting to do God’s will, and it’s causing a few feathers to be ruffled or people’s eyebrows to be raised—or creating internal doubt. At times, doing God’s will feels anything but peaceful. All it takes is one look at Jesus enduring pain […]

Praying Through a Season of Noticing

Jesus, I feel within me a great desire to please you but, at the same time, I feel totally incapable of doing this without your special light and help, which I can expect only from you. Accomplish your will within me—even in spite of me. —St. Claude la Colombiere, SJ (Found in the book Hearts on Fire) I believe certain prayers find us when we need them. I heard Claude la Colombiere’s prayer for the […]

Don’t Break My Banana!

Do you know what will make my two-year-old completely lose her mind? Breaking her banana while peeling it! Mary is a child who likes routine, and part of her morning ritual is snuggling with me while I sip coffee, and she eats a banana. Most mornings, the banana peels easily, but occasionally in the peeling process, it breaks as I open it. My heart sinks as I think, “Oh, no! I did not have enough […]

Jesus Announces His Mission of Mercy

In Luke 4:18–19, Jesus stands up in the Temple, unrolls the scroll and reads: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Upon completion of reading this passage, he rolls up the scroll […]

The Miracle of the Incarnation

The miracle of the Incarnation never ceases to amaze me. It is through the Incarnation that God became human, or as John’s Gospel says, “The Word became flesh and lived among us” (John 1:14). God’s love for us is revealed through the Incarnation—the concrete act of God choosing to become human and enter our world. The Incarnation birthed the face of mercy, Jesus. As St. Ignatius says, “Love shows itself in deeds more than words.” […]

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