the nun who loved ♥️

So the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was last Friday. It’s a powerful feast that we celebrate in the Church because it helps us to gaze again on the merciful heart of Christ. This heart of love and tenderness that was pierced to save humanity… oh what a gift He has given the world!

I want to share a short story that comes to mind when I think about the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

Two years ago when I was still living in Berlin, I used to pray and attend mass at a nearby convent of the St. Elizabeth sisters. They were so cute and welcoming and I would use my broken German to communicate with them!

I often came into that chapel with a heavy heart, carrying the weight of loneliness, anxieties and sadness. Life was hard for me at that time and I found solace praying among the sisters who were so devoted and faithful to the Lord.

There was one sister in particular who I got to know a little over time. She was from another order- the order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She happened to be living with the other sisters, as I believe she was sick with cancer.

One afternoon, I was crying softly in the pews when this same sister sat down beside me. Without hesitation, she pulled me to her chest and hugged me. The kind of hug a grandma gives her granddaughter. She hugged me with a strength that said “ your going to be okay”. She held me with an embrace that said “ I love you”.

In that moment, I truly felt the love and tenderness of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through this sister. I was so touched by her boldness and her love. She was moved by the Spirit to console me when I needed it most. I needed to feel the embrace of my Father, so he sent me his daughter.

I invite you to call out to the Lord, and seek his Sacred Heart. It is a heart burning with love and mercy. A heart that yearns to rescue, free and love you!

Sacred Heart of Jesus: Have mercy on us ♥️

no hesitations ✝️

“ The Eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated…”

– Matthew 28:16

This last line of the Gospel strikes me so much today. It’s noted that some of the disciples are hesitant when kneeling/falling before Jesus. Obviously, they aren’t fully convinced of who He really is*. They have doubt in their hearts that He really is the Christ, the Messiah the Saviour.

It’s an easy temptation to criticize the disciples for being so slow to believe. I mean, they literally walked and talked and lived alongside Him ! They saw with their own eyes the miracles, the wonders, the love… how could they hesitate?

There are probably several reasons, but I think this is about a lack of faith and trust. Those hesitant disciples didn’t trust the actions, words and deeds of Christ completely*. They were yet to fully believe in Christ.

And isn’t it with us! Despite the miracles that Christ has orchestrated in our lives, the beauty, the blessings, the consolations… we often hesitate when approaching Him. We doubt His love, question His plans, forget His goodness..

So I think today is a beautiful reminder to come confidently before the Lord and bow before Him. To surrender ourselves before He who Is. To come unhesitatingly before Jesus Christ in faith!

* I believe that the disciples came to a more perfected and trusting faith in Christ as time went on.

rooted 🌳

I would like to share a short bible verse that brings me such hope and peace! I’ve received this verse countless times over the past year through Mass, morning prayer, devotions etc. Perhaps it will speak to you, too?

“He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”- Jeremiah 17:8

God calls us to be rooted in the waters of his love and his very self. He calls us to profound trust in him, especially when the heat and trials of this life come ( which they will!). We need not fear, for if we have planted ourselves in him, nothing can harm us. We will bear fruit of love, virtue, and good works.

I don’t know about you, but this is a message that comforts me so much in a world that is very dark at times. We have so much reason to hope and rejoice🌱

reminders ♥️

In times where we feel,

God isn’t around.

When broken and bruised,

No hope to be found.

Just stop and look round,

At those that you love.

Your family and friends,

Were sent from above.

Their smile and their souls,

The hearts that they bear,

Moments together,

Are gifts that they share.

God’s voice can be soft,

At times hard to hear.

But we know his love,

In those that are near.

third trimester thoughts 💭

Being pregnant is such a beautiful adventure! It is a 40 week rollercoaster ride both physically and emotionally. Approaching the end of my third trimester, I find myself reflecting on the past months of pregnancy, and how I’ve grown ( literally and figuratively speaking haha!) as a person, a woman and a mama.

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Just a few little lessons/blessings/take aways that I thought I would share. Regardless of if you are pregnant or not, I think these can be appreciated by all:

  1. People love babies/new life- The degree of friendliness/love/generosity that I have received throughout my pregnancy, has increased with each passing month. The bigger I am, the friendlier people are!! The respect and love that total strangers ( and friends/family) have showered on me, is a testament to the power and sanctity of life. Humans are designed to welcome and love new life, and they do it without even realizing it.
  2. Pregnancy is proof that God exists- If you don’t believe that God is real, just watch the process of a growing baby in utero. It’s the most amazing and underrated miracle taking place every day around the world. The fact that this tiny, perfect, functioning human life grows from the fusion of a sperm and egg and is able to live in a woman’s womb for 9 months…. is incredible. Even as I carry my own son, I am often baffled at God’s miraculous and mind-blowing creation. How can you explain such a perfectly designed process without God?!
  3. We need to advocate for life- It doesn’t matter if a baby was conceived 1 minute ago, or 9 months ago… a beautiful life with a unique soul was created, and has the right to live, like you or I do. The lie that has crept into our society, claiming that abortion is a women’s right, a freedom, a choice… has to change. These tiny miracles from God are our most vulnerable humans that ought to be protected, fought for and loved. Let us keep praying for an end to abortion, and the conversion of hearts who control legislature and media.

There have been so many other beautiful and memorable moments, but those are stories for another day! Perhaps we can take some time today to thank the Lord for the gift of our own lives, and the fact that our parents choose life. I think we often forget to thank the Lord for this most fundamental gift, and this miracle that we were apart of.

God bless!

hope is greater

A little while back, I wrote a post about the limitations of the English language, particularly for the word love. How is it possible that this rich verb can be used to describe the most beautiful union between man and women, while at the same time describing affection for a pair of shoes?!

It recently dawned on me, that the same goes for the word hope. This was the word I received for the new year, and the Lord keeps revealing to me how necessary hope is for the world- especially in these confusing times.

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It’s funny though, how often we use this word for everyday, simple experiences.”I hope it doesn’t rain today”, “I hope we make it on time”, I hope she likes the gift”… you get the idea!

Yet in reality, hope is so much more than these simple desires we ascribe to it. Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church writes about hope:

The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the hopes that inspire men’s activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity.

CCC #1818

Isn’t that beautiful!? Hope is like the compass that points us to our heavenly home! It’s the antidote against discouragement, depression, despair. Hope leads us to happiness, opens our hearts, and reminds us that we are journeying towards Christ himself.

It is my prayer, that you, wherever you are, and whatever you might be going through, are renewed and strengthened by this promise of authentic hope. Let us all fix our eyes above the current situation, and hope in what is to come, and in He who is the source of our hope.

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healing love.

O Spirit of God,

On us descend,

So that we might see,

The hearts to mend.

Those broken and lost,

Or crippled with fear.

The lonely and hurt,

O let them hear:

That God is alive,

His Word stands true.

His power to heal,

Is meant for you.

Full freedom from chains,

Authentic peace.

A place to call home,

Will never cease.

Let Christians proclaim,

This healing love.

A message of hope,

Sent from above.

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