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New Beginnings   Leave a comment

When starting most endeavors I always ask for help

‘Oh God please bring Your Spirit here for what would be the best’

And in the end, no matter what, all will be well when the Spirit is in the mix 

This, of course, does not include our mortal vices

For example, let’s say roulette

Shortcomings and addictions I surrender to God instead 😉

However, life’s choices can be a gamble but with God there’s little risk



I Believe in You and I Love You   Leave a comment

“I believe in you and I love you.” These were the words spoken by a mother to her daughter who was addicted to drugs.

To save them both she had to let her go. “When you stop using drugs you can come home,” the mother said, and she would always add, “I believe in you…and I love you.”

She tried relentlessly to be let back in to her home but with courage this wise and loving mother stood firm, “No, not until you’re off drugs…I believe in you, and I love you.”

One day her daughter came home and asked her mother if she would take her to a rehab to get help.

Today she is at home, living with her family, clean and sober.

Her story brought me back to my own — And hearing her mother’s words,  pierced my heart as though they were spoken to me by our Mother-God, “I believe in you, and I love you,”


My will mixed with my wants were flooded with false fears

I drank and drugged and gorged and spent

Then wondered where the time and money went

Youth, is the time of life they say is fleeting

Never dawned on me to be of value any way

I drifted in a carnival of lost loves and patron saints

Catholic schoolgirl days long gone

Smart enough to figure out what weak men wanted most

Bought me anything I needed to keep the merry-go-round turning


Until one day the music stopped

The pintos and the stallions froze

Painted faces, bucked toothed steeds

Wooden and unfeeling, inanimate as me


The silence in that moment exposed the terror and the fantasies

For years one voice never ceased but could never be understood

Driven deeper by rising, screaming, damning thoughts

A camouflage of cheers pretending to be necessary for survival


Have a drink, a sniff, a shot

And pick the pocket of a loved one

They’ll forgive you; they always do

What they have is yours for you to take

If you don’t, your very life is what’s at stake

You cannot lose what you have already lost

The world owes more than it can ever pay


All of this I lived and thought was true

Life was hell so why wouldn’t I live it out this way


One morning I grabbed my side in distress

A swollen liver throbbed in pain

With only me, the drugs and the booze to blame

O.D.’s and blackouts, and blocked with bile

I was scared of dying, but just for a while


Obsession took possession

The uninvited riots returned full force

The merry-go-round again went round 

Then suddenly, it all grinded down


The mob within ceased screaming

The deafening silence became a pool for them all to drown in


Faintly a voice from I know not where spoke

‘You can’t continue to live this way’

Another voice rose in righteous defiance

‘Your weekends…The clubs…The dancing…Getting high’


The first voice didn’t reason, just simply reassured

‘There’s another way to live, without all of that’


I writhed inwardly as though my fate was in someone else’s hands

Until the voice was only one

‘You can do this; You know that you can…’


My will fell, my spirit rose

And it seemed the world was not anything like it was before

And I didn’t realize until then, that it was May, and it was springtime














I Believe in You and I Love You

Overcoming Unrest — With Just One Breath   3 comments

I reach for something to ingest

To fill this body of unrest

Rather than to seek true peace

By spending time with You


Why does this body, in this world, resist what You command

And why does it appear to be making the demands

This is the greater mystery of all to me…

In contrast when I put down food, or drink, or media

And turn my heart to You

Your Spirit always fills me more than any other thing can do


Only You, oh God can gratify

Can satisfy my craving

To be in harmony

At last, I stop, and find my breath

The Breath of Life, with Peace, in You





The Lifeguard   Leave a comment

To find some gratification

To satisfy a voracious vacuum

A bottomless hole

Lined with walls of anxiety


Groaning fear and nagging doubt, begging for relief

Over-indulgence…A quick remedy?

Disguised to satisfy, only to camouflage its lies

Unquenchably feeding on itself


Blinded and misled, on mindless autopilot

Consequences unconsidered, led by fruitless wants

She finally tires of herself

Exhausted by rioting free will; the conscience rises


Holy Spirit’s proclamation throbbing in the chambers of my heart

Faith, and hope, and love, and trust nurtures soul, restores new life

Her truth abolishes the lie

From pools of love that promise never to run dry





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