Love & Marriage

5 Principle Foundations of a Happy Marriage (in progress!)

From the time I was very young, I have been told that it is very important to keep Christ in the center of my relationships. But the thing was, nobody ever really taught me how to do that. I have heard many times over statements like, “Make sure God is in the center of your relationship,” or “You must pray together!” or “Make sure you grow towards Christ together.” Hmmm… oh-kaaaay…. but how…? Luckily for me, I have always thrived in situations where there is []

The 2 stages of love

“In any love-story there are usually two stages or phases. There is the initial stage, where love is expressed by the giving of gifts, especially the gift of self. Then there comes a time when it is no longer enough to give gifts to the beloved, but one has to be ready to suffer for her or for him. Only then can it be seen whether the love is real. In the story of a vocation to consecrated virginity there are also []

The God of Stumbles and Falls

You know the popular question that people have, “If God is a loving God, why does He allow suffering?” Well, I thought I had gone past asking that question until recently when I discovered that I am still struggling with it in a different form. The question I ask is, “If God loves His children so much, why does He let them screw up their lives?” At 35 years old, I have lived enough years to see people of my generation bear the painful []

Painted by God’s Love

My ardent Lover pursued me. He lured away my greatest attachment so that I would cleave to Him more purely. Then He showered me with extravagant and unexpected gifts that proclaimed His love for me: A three-fold assurance from a near stranger, an invitation to quality time from a dear friend, a beloved face in a room of strangers, and words of affirmation that touched and humbled me. I was sad and lonely, but He said, “That’s me painting you with my []