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At the center of our being is a point of is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven.
-Thomas Merton

November 21, 2017                      

We hope this Thanksgiving you will join us in bedecking yourself with gems of gratitude for the people and experiences that enrich our lives. In this spirit of thankfulness, Joan recognizes the pearls of wisdom we each hold inside.

            We are grateful to you, our readers, for being a treasure that continues to feed our souls. 
Here's to chasing - and finding - miracles with all of you. 

Joan, Katie and Meb       

          I don't know about you, but one of the first things I do each morning is check my messages: are the kids OK, headlines from a couple of news sources, the Daily Good blog, emails that effect my schedule for the day's events. Since it's before my morning coffee, I am awake, though generally not yet fully alert; consequently, I may be a bit more open, aka a bit less judgmental, to receive what the universe is sending me. Recently it was a request for a holiday stuffing recipe, a cancelled appointment and the words of Thomas Merton.

         Never one to quickly grasp the message of many philosophers and theologians, still when Merton started talking diamonds, I listened. And I wondered, if our center is like a diamond blazing with the light of heaven, what comes next? Upon reflection, for me, the answer is really quite  simple. It's what we choose to add; the people and the places that surround us in our relationships and the life events we experience.

          Born princes and princesses in our parents' eyes, they become our first treasured jewels. Over time and with age, we select our friends adding more brilliance to our center along the way. Through some encounters we learn kindness, through others patience; the list goes on and polishes us with the warm embrace of understanding and support. These relationships help us develop the resilience we need to hold ourselves together in good times and keep our feet planted firmly on the ground in bad.

          Inevitably in life, we lose a a bauble or two. Some we outgrow, some we lose by inattention or carelessness and some exit our lives through the natural course of events; we mourn these losses with sadness at their passing, but hopefully retain joy at having shared them in the first place. At times, unable to let go, we seek the assistance of others to help us find our way, or we beseech St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things, to intercede for us. 

          As a dear friend sagely explained after suffering significant losses in the northern California fires, strangers have bonded together, sharing donated breakfasts, advice on how to seek assistance and dealing with the myriad of life details in what is now a changed landscape. These are the unexpected jewels of life, hidden in circumstances we would not have chosen. Pearls of wisdom shared amidst adversity, but treasured none-the-less.

          Over the years we adorn ourselves with these jewels, even while recognizing that not all of them glitter. It doesn't matter that they are not always seen; they are a part of us. It's an embellishment of that reflection of heaven, a treasure accumulated here from our time on earth.  (Joan

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We are currently scheduling events for 2018. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for venues or events where we can continue the miracle discussion.

March 1, 2018
Presentation and Discussion
Ministry of Mothers Group
St. Gregory the Great Church
Scripps Ranch, CA

Facetime and Skype are
wonderful ways to share
conversation and connect
over miracles. Thank you to the
book clubs around the country
who have invited us into their
homes and their lives. It has
transformed and rewarded all
of us. Please let us know if you
would like us to virtually visit
your book group or club!

Thank you to Mysterious Ways for the Facebook Live Interview
with Katie 

Thank you to Miracle Hunter, Michael O'Neill on Relevent Radio for his interview with Katie on The Miracle Chase (go to minute 8:30)

St. Mary's Women's Council,
Santa Clara University Alumni &
Georgetown University Alumni

for wonderful Miracle Discussions

Listen to the first of our
radio series with Kristin Ace
Where Human-ness
meets Spirituality

and the follow-up session describing the numerous ripples
that occur when miracles meet generosity of spirit.

Thank you to the Portland Book Review

and the PrayersWork blog

for featuring The Miracle Chase
with such inspirational reviews.

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Joan, Katie and Meb
co-authors of The Miracle Chase
It's About Faith
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