Spirituality

Among thousands of words, the Word

By Michelle Francl-Donnay In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – Jn. 1:1 Dawn was just starting to light the sky as I headed down Darby Road, listening to music on the radio. The song faded out to the sound of Tim’s voice announcing, “Good […]

How big are our hearts?

By Michelle Francl-Donnay How can I repay the Lord for all the good done for me? I will raise the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. – Ps. 116:12-14 “Almighty and eternal God, I, understand […]

Poverty of spirit starts with small things

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus: who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant. – Phil. 2:5-7a “I’ve given up on matching glasses or napkins on the […]

Don’t focus on the fancy footwork

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm; for stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away. – Song of Songs 8:6-7a We ran across the […]

Some sayings to live, and pray, by

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Prayer is the life of the new heart. It ought to animate us at every moment…But we cannot pray “at all times” if we do not pray at specific times. – Catechism of the Catholic Church [2697] “So, I just FOIL this, even though it has derivatives?” the student in my office […]

Gifts bring more joy if they’re shared

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. – 1Pt. 4:10 I was standing in the hallway talking to a student when I heard the unmistakable sound of something fragile hitting the floor. I ducked my head into the kitchen […]

Keep reminder of God close at hand

By Michelle Francl-Donnay My times are in Your hand – O save me from the hand of my enemies, my pursuers. – Ps. 31:16 I’ve lost my rosary. Well, one of them at any rate. I had it when I went for a walk last week, but later that day, when my fingers sought out […]

Set aside a place at home for God

By Michelle Francl-Donnay My soul is longing and yearning, is yearning for the courts of the Lord.– Ps. 84:2a My sister-in-law has a marvelous eye for space and color. Her tiny house nestled in the hills of California simultaneously manages to look both lived in and like something out of a magazine spread. I, alas, […]

We are never exiled from grace

By Michelle Francl-Donnay A little after 7 on a sultry August morning, my neighbor found me sitting on my driveway, leaning up against the brick wall, my backpack beside me. My clothes looked like they’d been slept in – which in fact, they had. I was hot and sweaty and desperately wanted a shower. “Are […]

The rewards of vigilance

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Keep a close watch on yourself, my son, in everything you do, and discipline yourself in all your conduct. – Tobit 4:14b We left before the sun reached the top of the ridge, hoping to make the four-mile loop before the heat became unbearable. Trooping up the mountainside after Victor’s brother, we […]