The Prodigal Parishioner by Jenny duBay

Jenny duBay
"If it's God's will, may it please Him to move my pen." --St. Teresa of Avila
Created 29 Aug 2021
  • Grief, Healing, and the Pain of Recovery
    10 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    (Photo by Tatiana Syrikova from Pexels) When my husband was a teenager, he was involved in a devastating auto accident that nearly took his life. Despite the crumpled mess of his car, despite the fact...
  • Yes, Virginia, There is a Devil. And He's Here.
    31 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 2
    Have we all fallen through Alice’s Looking Glass and into her bizarre world of upside-down? It seems so in today’s culture. The immoral is now not only considered moral, but “normal.” If someone disag...
  • Why Does a Catholic Novena Last Nine Days? Is Nine a Magical Number?
    16 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 5 1
    (Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay) Years ago, my son asked me if it was okay to break a novena for one evening. He said he was on the seventh day of a nine-day Rosary novena for world peace, and wa...
  • St. Caterina of Siena and Following God's Will: Part 2
    08 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    (“God provided for my refreshment by giving me the ability to write so that I might have a little something to vent my heart, lest it burst.”) Following up on last week’s post, this week I’ll talk abo...
  • Following God's Will Even When it Seems Impossible: Part 1
    01 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 3 2
    (Statue of Santa Caterina in Rome) Caterina of Siena—more commonly known as Catherine, the English version of her name—was a powerful Italian mystic of the 14th century who died in 1380, was canonized...
  • Divine Alignment: Centering Yourself in God's Will
    24 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 2 1
    (Photo by Melissa Askew on Unsplash) We know by now that the most important thing we can do to help us grow on the sacred path is to align our personal will with God’s will. We know the steps we need ...
  • Trauma Isn't Fun, But All Things Can Work for Good
    19 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 2 4
    I realize that most of us don’t want to think about suffering. Our goal in life is to avoid bumps in the road — that’s why we surround ourselves with as many luxuries, gadgets, and technological conve...
  • Fourth Spiritual Step: Act
    12 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    (Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash) God is a Deity of action and interaction, and the goal of our spiritual lives is to imitate Him as fully as we can. When we reach the stage of act, we’re being called...
  • Third Spiritual Step: Surrender
    03 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 2 1
    (Andre Furtado from Pexels) Once we Release, we naturally attain the next level: That of Surrender. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between release and surrender. It’s t...
  • Second Spiritual Step: Release
    30 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    (Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash) There are four essential steps to regaining the full health of spirit: Ask, release, surrender, act. In my last post I wrote about ask, so now we’re progressing o...
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