Writing class in session – A table with 10 different objects is displayed before us.  The assignment is to pick and write about what it inspires in you.  I chose the unusually sculptured brass bell, its sound solid as it echoes me to ‘ring my bell’ fashioned by God.  This bell reminds me of all the curvatures my journey has shaped me to be.  Having experienced many cultures spark my eclectic style, almost like a gypsy embracing new things  to incorporate into my world.  The excitement of constant change brings out my various passions.  My creativity flows with the ringing of the bell, dancing with a joyous love that comes from above.  And if I had wings, I would fly into the heavens and thank God and all my ancestors for the talents they have passed along to me.

Yes! I’m ringing my bell – in gratitude for everything and everyone around me…so free to be free!


Now, you see how much fun I have in this writing class.  Why not try out this challenge with a random object in front of you and see where the storyline will take you.  I would love to read your story!


A Challenge

By a mysterious grace kindling

Dare I place my inadequecies

into the Savior’s burning furnace of love

that I may give Him the pleasure to restore me.


“I am Love!  My heart can no longer contain its devouring flames.  I love souls so clearly…My Heart is burning with desire to attract souls to itself in order to forgive them.”

–Jesus’ words spoken to Saint Josefa Menendez



The Desert Fathers have left us a legacy of how to experience union with God in the quiet silence of the desert.  This short story by Abba Zeno encapsulates wisdom for the soul.

“If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies.  Through this action God will hear everything that he asks.”


…may these remaining weeks of Lent sanctify our union with God…


Rainbow with Ocean by Reina Cottier


Yesterday sitting in the pew, listening to the Gospel of Luke 6:27-38, I heard a phrase come out of it:  Love, not hate.  It seems the world near and far is screaming this reality.  Now my Lenten focus is clear; not about giving up something, rather, seeing the urgency to pray more fervently for our world’s dilemma.  Luke’s challenges give us many choices. These three pierce my heart to action:

Do good to haters

Bless those who curse us

Pray for those who mistreat us


If you agree with Mandela and moi, join us becoming fervent prayer warriors – our world is worth saving! Let us all Love, not hate.




Painting by Ron DiCianni

A Challenge – A Cry for Life Before Death

My heart bleeds anew with anguish…

The state of New York has declared a further blow against LIFE in the womb, even after birth.  Can you imagine that horror?  61 Million potential human beings have been aborted in America since 1973.  With this unconscionable action, can America really call itself the most successful nation in the world?  I know, NOT!  The proponents of this ‘death’ culture even celebrated this new law by illuminating the World Trade Center with pink lights — the travesty against humanity continues — but Hope prevails:

“This is the covenant I will establish with them after those days, says the Lord:  I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write then upon their minds…their sins and their evildoing I will remember no more.” (Letter to the Hebrews 10:11-18)

My sad heart begs forgiveness.

“Chose love and peace will follow.”

“Choose peace and love will follow.”

By Mary Helen Doyle







Park in Atlanta In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have decided to work with Love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“”We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.  He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love.  There is some good in the worst of us, and some evil in the best of us.  When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

mlk-familyThe Martin Luther King, Jr. Family