Bring Back a Wonderful Memory

Spend time with one of your most cherished memories. It could be a recent memory or one from long ago. It could recall a time when you were alone or with other people. Imagine it now. Where did it happen? What time of life was it—childhood, adolescence, young adulthood? Who was with you? What were you doing? What happened on that day and in that place to create what is now a wonderful memory for […]

Accepting the Memories

Last week I meditated on how God has been present in every moment of my life. In order to do this, I took out an old photo album that my mom had given me after I finished high school and left home. I consider myself blessed that Mom put together this album of photos beginning with my birth and continuing through high-school graduation. Mom’s efforts fill about 15 pages of the album, and my entries […]

Savoring the Gifts Like Chocolate Eggs

When we were children, my brother and I used to eagerly await awakening to Easter baskets full of candy, which we soon devoured. As an adult, I have mostly lost my sweet tooth, but I still like the occasional small piece of chocolate. It is a treat to unwrap slowly just one foil-wrapped chocolate egg, savor its taste and texture, and let that be enough. This Easter, I have been praying about all the good […]

“Making” Sacred

Home is sacred space. It is also sacred time. Whether home is a physical location or a state of mind while we wander the globe, we have the power to make it sacred, to hold it in loving attention and simultaneously offer it to God and the world as our gift to give. Here are a few ideas for “making sacred.” I make home sacred by: Receiving it with gratitude, noticing its details from day […]

Finding Dory, Finding My Grandmother

The hype has started for the release of Disney-Pixar’s new movie, Finding Dory (the sequel to Finding Nemo), and it has me thinking of my grandmother. Yes, the movie is making me really miss my grandmother, and not just because the release date happens to be the day preceding my grandmother’s birthday. Finding Nemo came out when our daughter was a toddler and when my grandmother was battling Alzheimer’s a few years before her death. […]

Too Soon to Listen to Christmas Music?

I have to admit that I’ve slowly been working Christmas music into my music listening in the last couple of weeks. Every year I hear the same complaint that it’s too soon to be listening to Christmas music, that I should wait until at least after Thanksgiving. “Don’t get ahead of yourself,” people tell me. It’s not that I’m trying to get to Christmas sooner or resist living in the moment. I embrace the Halloween […]

St. Ignatius and Memory

This is a guest post by Dawn Eden, author and blogger at The Dawn Patrol. In St. Ignatius Loyola’s Suscipe, the prayer for perfect charity that appears toward the end of his Spiritual Exercises, we find important clues to the nature of the saint’s own spiritual journey: “Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will ”¦” The first thing Ignatius offers God is his liberty. Wanting to […]