Counting Blessings

My last class with The Labouré Society recently ended – my head is still spinning and my heart is still swelling with gratitude to God and those who stepped forward to help me finish strong!  And right now I am so excited to be sitting in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the next class of twelve aspirants, this […]

So Close!

It’s been very busy these past few months, and the last two weeks have been very exciting!  God is doing some amazing things and I am so excited to be able to share them with you!  We are within striking distance of reaching the fundraising goal I need to achieve for this to be my […]

For Those Who Pray

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Presentation of Mary. It was also designated a day to pray for cloistered religious – Pro Orantibus Day, meaning “for those who pray.” Here are some thoughts on this special opportunity we have to offer prayers, encouragement and material support to those who give their lives in contemplation as […]

Because of Poor Sinners

I am often asked how I came to discern with the Dominicans. What draws me to the Dominican Order? While it is ultimately a mystery of God, there are several reasons, and most of them can be explained by my attraction to the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, study, community, and preaching. But what […]

New Vocations For Christmas?

It’s All Hallow’s Eve, the unofficial start of the holiday season, at least in the malls and stores. It also marks a milestone for The Labouré Society. We are now over a third of a way through our fundraising term and have a short two months to reach our fundraising goal. Our hope is to […]

Stories of Gratitude

Recently I was talking with a priest friend over coffee about some of the challenges he faces in his parish.  Full of zeal and tenderness for the people he has been charged to shepherd, it pained him to see and hear apathy and discontentment among his flock as a result of some of the “hard sayings” he […]

Today’s Saint Quote: St. Therese of Lisieux

If We Are What We Should Be…

Alleluia!  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!  Beginning last Sunday, and for the next 50 days, we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection and the Easter season.  Lent is over, time for rejoicing!  But what should that mean for us?  When I was Protestant, I was taught and believed how much Jesus loves me, how […]

Smoke Watch

There are times when I lament the changes technology has brought to our society.  And then there are times when I am extremely grateful for it.  Right now, with the rest of the world, I am glued to the Vatican’s live stream of the chimney sitting on top of the Sistine Chapel.  And I am […]

What Joy!

St. Augustine once wrote, “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”   It is with great joy that one of my fellow The Labouré Society aspirants from the Winter class crossed the cloister threshold and entered Bethlehem Monastery of […]