What a Revolutionary Is Made Of

“Sometimes, the greatest safety can be found in taking the right risk. Whether it be an individual, a community or a country, when faced with tragedy or fearful uncertainty, we either become bigger and enter life more fully, or else we accept a diminished life and resign ourselves to a smaller way of being.” MichaelContinue reading “What a Revolutionary Is Made Of”

Be True

By: Gabriela Yareliz Thérèse Desqueyroux. Does that name ring a bell? Thérèse Desqueyroux is François Mauriac’s most respected novel. It was turned into a film with the brilliant Audrey Tautou starring as Thérèse.  Indulge me. Spoiler and storyline breakdown (it was published in 1927– so if you haven’t read it by now— *eye roll*): It’sContinue reading “Be True”

Construction Paper Hearts

(A vulnerable and open brain dump that marks the beginning of some serious healing. Proceed if you dare.) By: Gabriela Yareliz Some of us in the world experience a deep rejection and distancing from a close family member. Maybe, it’s a sibling or even a spouse. Where close love can exist, true pain can alsoContinue reading “Construction Paper Hearts”

The Mystery of Suffering

By: Gabriela Yareliz I have begun studying the book of Job, with the worldwide church. According to Jewish scholars, there are some things that we can take away from the book of Job: 1. The fact that a person suffers does not mean that he or she has done anything to deserve the suffering. ThinkingContinue reading “The Mystery of Suffering”

Reflections Before Bedtime #82

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was sitting on the train. I had a window seat. I saw a woman carrying her newborn, and, presumably, her husband, walking beside her, pushing the empty stroller. He looked a bit tired. They were close to the stairs. I was thinking, ‘Oh man, he has to carry the stroller upContinue reading “Reflections Before Bedtime #82”

Veterans Day

By: Gabriela Yareliz There are few things we understand in life. We can pretend to understand them or try to give them some kind of formula with what we do know; but the fact is there are things we can’t really define, but we can feel them, and they move us. I think love andContinue reading “Veterans Day”

What’s in a Church?

By: Gabriela Yareliz One of my favorite things to do in New York is visit churches. Many of them are old and filled with exquisite beauty and detail. This post is about how I recently found one of my favorite churches in the city. I was walking the Highline Park some weeks ago, and IContinue reading “What’s in a Church?”

Not At Our Own Convenience

From Ellen G. White’s Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3 “Knowledge is not all that we need; we must follow the light. We are not left to choose for ourselves and to obey that which is agreeable to us and to disobey when it best suits our convenience. Obedience is better than sacrifice.” – {3TContinue reading “Not At Our Own Convenience”

Expression of Justice & Mercy

Taken from The Desire of Ages, chapter 79: “God’s love has been expressed in His justice no less than in His mercy. Justice is the foundation of His throne, and the fruit of His love. It had been Satan’s purpose to divorce mercy from truth and justice. He sought to prove that the righteousness ofContinue reading “Expression of Justice & Mercy”