I am a native San Franciscan currently living in the mountains of Northern California. I have been married for twenty-seven years to Gregory Hughes, my spiritual buddy and the love of my life. We have 2 adorable dogs, Bisou and Bubba. I have a step-son Shayne, who is married to Lara. We have 2 grandchildren, Gabriel and Jeremi. Due to health issues, in my early 20s, I began a spiritual journey. I was seeking inner peace, for I felt my soul and body were connected. If my soul could heal, perhaps so could my body. I was a lapsed Catholic who studied Eastern religions. I had a guru and Tibetan lama, practiced prayer and fasting, and meditation techniques. I studied metaphysics and the life of the soul, which I later taught to others. Yet, after twenty-five years of seeking, I was depressed and spiritually unfulfilled. Thanks to my husband and the grace of God, my spiritual journey ultimately allowed me to convert to Christianity, find God, and open my heart newly to Jesus Christ through the study and practice of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In 2011, my first book, The Pearl of Great Price: The Spiritual Journey of a New Age Seeker to the Light of Christ and Eastern Orthodox Christianity, was published, which is about my conversion. I am currently working on my second book, In Christ I am a New Creation, which will focus on my journey in Orthodoxy after my conversion and my ongoing conversion, my regeneration in grace. For commentary on the readings in this podcast, visit my blog. To be in touch with me, you can visit my website, or you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To hear my interview on Come Receive the Light, listen here.
In this episode, Veronica describes her absence during Great Lent as a result of a severe bout of flu that resulted in hospitalizations. She discusses how she was sustained through this significant trial only through God’s sacramental graces and her husband’s support. She was recovered enough to make it to Pascha, which she counted a particular blessing. As a result of her experiences, she draws from selections from the Saints to help us when we face times of distress. As well, we can face a transition when we must leave behind the Paschal Season and reenter a broken world. Among other passages, she draws upon the writings of St. Seraphim of Sarov: “By constant watchfulness over the heart, a purity of heart is born in which God is seen, according to the words of eternal truths: ‘Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God’.” (Matt. 5:8).
We are reminded to have no fear in the face of persecution and trials of any type. Christ is Risen!