Gloria in Excelsis Deo

The Gloria is taken from the passage in scripture when the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the Shepherds who were watching their sheep by night.

GTA Advent Journey, Day 14: Illumination

“If God wants you to know Him in a truer way, He will create the circumstances that drive you to seek Him more deeply. He creates the path. And then He is the light of understanding that shines within you….And as I have told you, He wants us to live with hope and expectancy, believing He is going to reveal himself to us more and more. For God wants to be seen. And He wants us to seek. And He moves closer to us when we are expectant of His coming.”  ~ Julian of Norwich, Rekindling the Inner Fire Series, David Hazard

In Jesus’ Name: The Beloved Son

  By framing this scene, of Christ and the angels, with billowing clouds, Hans Hemling  suggest to our mind that there is another heavenly dimension only a breath away. He plants the idea that if we only listen closely we might be able to catch a glimpse of Jesus’ glory and hear a mighty chorus…

In Jesus’ Name: The Resurrection and Life

Am I too late to celebrate you O Savior of the World? *Woman why are you crying? Have I been too caught up in the now– in the ordinary things of this world? I am anxious, O Lord, and I can not see you. Who is it your are looking for, child? Lord do you…

In Jesus’ Name: Great High Priest

As it is the eve of Palm Sunday, I had planned to post an image of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey and consider his name Lord and King. But the spirit decided otherwise and I was drawn into contemplation of this remarkable image by French artist James Tissot (1836-1902) which cast me…

In Jesus’ Name: Truth

Born in a time of absolutes; to parents living in the land of free spirits; I have always held things up to inspection to question whether or not something rings true for me. Sometimes things just don’t add up…this then can lend itself to cynicism if I’m not careful. How does a person know who…

In Jesus’ Name: Son of God

When I was a child, I spoke as a child… How do we address Jesus? What do we call him most often? Do we visualize him as we speak to him in prayer? or do we speak directly to God and by pass Jesus only using his name to endorse our prayers? When I was…

Divine Moments

Life is a journey with many passing stages. Each step of our way is filled with its own unique challenges, but also blessings. Can you think of a few? The time of sweetness when we hold a baby for the fist time and let them curl their little fingers around ours. The days of pure…

Why We Pray: Imitation

Confession: I struggle with dieting. I find it difficult to give up all the little ways I indulge myself each day. A small piece of chocolate…a few chips…and bit of extra cream in my coffee… you know what I mean:) I have found the trick is to commit totally to living a healthier life style….

Why We Pray: Seeing

Looking back through some blog posts, I was drawn into this series I did in prayer and I thought it might deserve another run. I hope you find peace and inspiration.