Author Archives: swimmingthedepths

The Answer to Division is Charity, Forgiveness, and Communion

I’ve been spending this Advent trying to enter into stillness and waiting. I am very bad at both. I’m a person of action, so being told that I’m to sit still and wait for God’s mission for me has been difficult. It’s felt more like a wrestling match than stillness. A lot has happened within […]

Advent Talk: Preparing for the Comings of Christ Through Charity and Mercy

I recently presented an Advent talk to my parish on preparing for the comings of Christ by growing in charity and mercy. I will be adding more video content as time goes on. I hope you have a very blessed Advent! P.S. I know some of my thoughts only apply to those of us in […]

Catholic Exchange: Our Need for Stillness in Advent

The liturgical year, in union with creation, often shows us what we need most throughout the year. We begin Advent and the new liturgical year in late fall. It is a time when those of us in the northern hemisphere experience stillness, quiet, and a sense of waiting in creation. The trees are bare and […]

Teaching My Daughter Why Charity is Worth the Fight

My daughter looks almost entirely like my husband, except for the shape of her eyes and the freckles that dot across her cheeks and nose. She isn’t a fan of the freckles because no one else in her class has them, but I told her she got them from me and that God made her […]

In a Time of Great Scandal, Remember God Works in the Quiet Places

For the past month, I’ve been struggling mightily with the failures of priests in the Church, not just the abusers and our leaders, but the fact that times like these often lead to more collateral damage because the Enemy seeks to divide and wound even more in the aftermath of such revelations. He likes to […]

The Cross: The Answer We Don’t Really Want

The entire litmus test for this life is the very one we don’t want. It’s love or charity (caritas). It is the very meaning of our lives. It is what grounds every moment of every day, but even as we say it’s what we want, we are also repelled by it. Why? Love always costs […]

The Struggle to Write as God Intensifies My Spiritual Life

I have received quite a few emails and comments from readers encouraging me to keep writing. I’ve read every single one of them even if I didn’t get a chance to respond to you personally. I greatly appreciate your messages! The past few months have been a time of rather intense and immense spiritual growth […]