This past Sunday’s first reading told us how, after eating eating and drinking, Elijah was strengthened for his forty day journey to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:4-8). It was a good reading for me because Sunday was the last full day of our journey to Mexico City to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You may remember that, three years ago, Ken and I participated in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, There, we met a group of pilgrims who have increasingly become more family than friends. We try to get together several times a year, and often, our get-togethers revolve around our Catholic faith. This past weekend, many of our pilgrim family spent five days journeying to the religious sites and churches in Mexico City, praying, celebrating Mass, and enjoying the short time we had together. Read more
Breathe. We all do it. Ultimately it’s what keeps all of us alive. Without breath, there is no life. About it, songs have been sung, books have been written, and even movies have been made. In the Bible, we are told that God breathed life into Adam. This was essentially the very first breath of life.
I am often asked how I do all that I do – manage a household, be a loving and devoted wife and mother, run a Girl Scout camp, volunteer at two schools, maintain a blog, website, and other social media, and write books. Most people who know me know that I am a rather calm person. It takes a lot to get me befuddled. So what is my secret? It is simple. I trust in God for He is my strength through which all things are possible. And I breathe.
Sometimes all I need is a calming breath in and out. Sometimes I need several breaths and a prayer. Other times, I need time and space to reconnect to myself and the world. But at all times, I simply
I often tell my girls, when they are worried or beginning to panic, that a cleansing breath or two is all it takes to maintain or regain calm and put your life back into focus. Whether it is a ten second intake and release of breath, an hour at Mass, or a two week vacation, the key is simple. Whatever battles you’re fighting, roads you’re traveling, or mountains you’re climbing…
Amy Schisler is an author of mystery and suspense novels. Her first book, A Place to Call Home is in its second printing and may be purchased in stores, online, and through ibooks. Her previously published children’s book, Crabbing With Granddad may be purchased in stores and on Amazon.