I was SO HONORED to address a gathering of 200 St. Mary’s Parish volunteers and ...
“Nothing trumps motherly love, even when the wisdom and advice being given is from an 87-year-old cloistered nun. At age 31, lost and confused at a crucial crossroads in my life, I met Sister Augustine, a ceramics artist who had been long hidden away from the world on the grounds of the oldest Benedictine convent […]
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“My 87-year-old friend — a cloistered nun and artist — Sister Augustine always told me: ‘I’m only a messenger.’ As I recount in my memoir, Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions, Sister Augustine showed me the pathway to unlocking my true purpose and finding peace of mind at a […]
“It has taken me almost three decades to be able to admit that I was mercilessly bullied during middle school and high school in my 1980’s Small Town America. It happened long before “bullying” was the buzzword or call to action it has become today. Long before there were advocates and superstars and whole organizations […]
“Making a hard decision — about money, relationships, which job to take, which pathway to travel in life, you name it — becomes a war waged across the battlefield of our hearts and minds. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that decision-making impacts us physically and mentally. It’s palpable. Like you’re […]
“What is the meaning of life? We’ve all asked ourselves this question at least once in our lives, and we’ve all pondered a great many thoughts, perhaps without ever really getting any real answers. . . . Five Years in Heaven is a sweet memoir about Schlimm’s friendship with a nun at his local convent. […]
“If you’ve never heard the term neuroplasticity, you are in for such an exciting treat. I confess, I’m a bit of a science nerd. I’m fascinated with how the universe and our bodies work. I also crave every morsel of information and inspiration on how to become a more humble human being. Neuroplasticity, meet Humility! […]
“I once delivered a speech to 200 parish volunteers, thanking them for their generous service and remarking how giving of ourselves to help others is one of the pathways to the promise that God is making us beautiful in our time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). It was a total feel-good, celebratory moment. Until . . .” To […]
“Trigger: any spark of annoyance — from the more serious to the downright petty — that ignites your blood to boiling, incites comments you’ll later regret saying, and/or makes you act in ways that only worsen the situation. Also known as a precursor to an Instant Bad Mood. Let’s be frank, we all have triggers […]
“It’s so easy in today’s world to fall into that slump. You know the one: where you think everyone else is passing you by, you wonder where you were when God was handing out all the talent, you convince yourself you have nothing to offer to the world, and life just really, REALLY exhausts you. […]