Finding God in our lives
is quite simple.
We just have to take
the time to look.

Practicing Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a few short days away. The turkey is hopefully purchased, recipes are being reviewed, travel plans are set. As we begin this week, I have another way for you to prepare. I challenge you to make a list of 100 things that you are grateful for. Don’t think about it, just starting writing stream-of-consciousness style. I’ve done it, and the first few are easy, then I struggle for a bit, and then it starts to flow again. You can do it in one sitting, or leave it for a little while and come back. Did you notice anything as you made your list? How long did it take? Mine took me about fifteen minutes. I noticed that most of my list included people who are in my life. Not the things I

Simple Miracles

It started with her trip around the world. The plan was to take a break from the daily grind of the marketing world and come back refreshed and ready for her next step. Little did my friend Caroline know that her next step was going to be in a completely different direction. After visiting a child that her traveling companion had sponsored through a Christian organization, they were invited to dinner at an orphanage. It was a home filled with children who clung to the two women, loving their presence and longing for attention and connection. Cradling a sleeping child in her arms, Caroline went to put the little girl to bed in the room she shared with many other orphans. It sounds like an idy

Who are your top five?

I was at a retreat and had to answer two simple questions. Who are the five people you spend the most time with? Who are the five people who most bring joy and light to your life? It was pretty easy to answer both of them, especially the second one. When I thought of those five people who brought me joy and light, a smile spread across my face, and even a couple laughs. The follow up question was the one that hit me. Are the five people in each question the same? They most definitely were not, and in that moment, I realized how much I needed it to change. No matter how strong we are in our faith, in our peace, and in our joy, it will be depleted if we don’t value the time to replenish it. If

The Perfect Saint

Whenever I teach a confirmation class, one of my favorite parts is helping the kids choose their confirmation Saint. This Saint is the one whose name they receive at confirmation and will have a special relationship with for the rest of their lives. When I chose my Saint (St. Catherine of Sienna), I didn’t really understand this very well, or more likely I just didn’t care. I liked her name, and I wanted to have it somewhere in mine. When someone asked me which St. Catherine it was, I just picked one. Not the most thoughtful process, for sure. Now I understand a lot more about the Saints and how this whole confirmation thing works. These aren’t just namesakes, these are prayer partners, role

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Karen May

Inspirational Catholic Writer and Speaker

based in Austin, Texas