“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, and distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” II Corinthians 12:10
“By their trials, the righteous flourished so it was with the three children, so with Daniel, Moses, and Joseph; from this they all shown and were counted worthy of great crowns. For the soul is purified when it is afflicted for God’s sake: it then enjoys greater assistance… Affliction tears pride away and prunes out all listlessness and exercises to patience.” St. John Chrysostom, Homily XXVI on II Corinthians
With COV19 shutdowns and their consequences: mentally, physically, and spiritually, with hurricanes, fires, and locusts in Africa, hunger and thirst, may God have mercy on us and help us in our hours of need, help us to help others and love each other vs becoming violent and hateful, for all is possible and redeemed through love and patient endurance in our tribulations.
Hang in there everyone!
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I am a native San Franciscan currently living in Sacramento, CA. Due to health issues in my early 20s, I began a spiritual journey in quest of inner peace and healing. I felt my soul and body were connected and if my soul could heal, perhaps so could my body.
I was a lapsed Catholic who studied Eastern religions. I had a guru and Tibetan lama, practiced prayer and fasting, and meditation techniques. I studied metaphysics, channeling and the life of the soul, which I later taught to others.
Yet, after twenty-five years of seeking within the New Age and Eastern religions, I was left depressed and spiritually unfulfilled. Thanks to my late husband and the grace of God, my spiritual journey ultimately allowed me to convert to back to Christianity, find God and open my heart newly to Jesus Christ through the study of ancient Christianity in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
I am the author of two published books, The Pearl of Great Price and In Christ I am a New Creation, Part I. I am currently working on my third book, A Leap of Faith, and a book about my saint, St. Veronica, my other guardian angel. St. Veronica is the woman with the issue of blood, whom the Lord healed (Matt. 9:20). In 2018, I will be publishing a book about St. Veronica including an Orthodox liturgical service to her.
I am passionate about:
Eastern Orthodox Christianity (Orthodoxy) since my Christian conversion in 1996.
My relationship with Jesus Christ
Striving to live in the world, but not be of the world
Talking about spiritual warfare - there is an unseen battle being fought for the salvation of
Helping others come to peace with the Church and God
Connecting with other Orthodox Christians about their spiritual experiences
Living a full life while dealing with chronic health issues
My dogs and gardening
My saint, St. Veronica
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