Life is a series of Divine lessons that keep you connected to the Universe and mankind

The Lost Art

With venomous eyes, my mother locked me into a hypnotic trance. Like a python wrapping its thick body methodically around my neck poised to overtake me, she snarled, “Have you written your thank-you notes yet?”

As a young girl, perfect penmanship and flowery descriptions of gratitude were right up there with impeccable table manners. If it wasn’t done in a timely fashion, and to her satisfaction, my life was hell for months to come.

Guiltily, I hung my seven-year-old head in shame, and said with a […]

Truly Unconditional Love

For the fourth week in a row, the piercing ring of the telephone disturbed my mother’s mid-day quiet in September 1960. Slowly picking up the receiver, she held her breath and hoped it was just a wrong number.

“Mrs. Madden,” Sister Mary sneered. “Jackie will be spending the afternoon in detention—again.”

Chanting a mea culpa, my mom sought pardon for her eight-year-old daughter. As she was about to promise the black-frocked warden that I’d be dully crucified at home, the angry nun steamed, “Doesn’t she ever […]

Trapped

Heat swirled in a whirling mass, engulfing my soaking body like an overzealous sauna even the devil couldn’t handle. Looking into the mirror, penny-sized droplets of perspiration dripped off my face. Choking from the intensity, I was sure I was going to die.

It started as a typical Wednesday morning in July. Not wanting to miss a minute of our precious time together, I rode along with my daughter, Michelle, to her various business meetings in Los Angeles.

“Mom, are you sure you’re going to be […]

Forgiveness

When we do something that causes pain or disappointment to another individual (intentional or not), but the recipient sees his or her way to exonerate our indiscretion, the oppressive weight we feel lifts from our shoulders, thus creating a sensation of relief. Happiness invades our hearts, freeing our mind and body and this allows us to move forward once again. Forgiveness is truly one of the greatest gifts we can bestow on another human soul. So, my Lenten question today is “Why is it […]

To Be Spiritual

“What does it mean to be spiritual?” A man on an internet dating site asked. “I see women write that all the time.”

For a moment I had to stop and really think. Like so many others, it can be considered a buzz word just to create a conversation, but what does it truly mean?

Sitting back, I gazed out the window and wondered how do I reply? I consciously know I am, but to put it into words (and do it justice) was going to be […]

My Definition

This Lenten season, I’ve spent hours reviewing my life – where I came from, where I hope to go, and most importantly, how motherhood has shaped my journey.

From the time I was a child, my driving force was to one day grow up and have a passel of little people to care for, guide, and love. In 1981, my dreams came true with the birth of my first daughter followed shortly after by three others. It was a role I immersed myself in with […]