Author & Spiritual Director
a spiritual companion for the journey
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DIVINE IS THE LOVE STORY WE ARE ALL LIVING.
The movement of our hearts towards Divine Love is the essence of our spiritual experience. It is my honor to accompany you on this profound journey into love—to offer you practices, prayers, and spiritual insights that will help you grow love-centered relationships with everyone and everything around you.
Work with Colette
Work one to one with Colette in person or via Skype. Explore your hearts deepest desire for connection and union with the Divine.
In Person Retreats
Colette leads local retreats, workshops, and Days of Prayer.
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Seasonal online retreats. Topics cover finding comfort & joy in everyday life, living a life overflowing with Divine love, and more.
Read with Colette
With the summer fog settling in, I’m finding myself nestled in my home studio, re-engaging with the painting process. As I place paint on canvas or paper, I follow desire. Not just my desire, but I discover the desire of the painting. The spirituality of creativity invites us into a “discovery” process. What does the…Read More
Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us to water the seeds of joy in ourselves, especially during times of suffering. He writes, “When you are suffering, look deeply at your situation and find the conditions for joy that are already there, already available. You have eyes that can see, lungs that can breathe, legs that can walk,…Read More
A few weeks ago, my father-in-law died. Although he didn’t have the coronavirus, it likely played a role since he couldn’t receive a hospital procedure for a “nonessential” medical issue, and he ended up dying of complications that resulted from his condition. Attending his online burial and family gatherings to honor him was both heartbreaking…Read More
Imagine a thread connecting every human being. Connecting yourself to the web of life can provide comfort. We are not in each other’s way, but we are the way for each other. We are the sources of comfort for one another. Colette offers a multitude of inspiration for welcoming more comfort and joy into your…Read More
Find easy ways to create more comfort in your home. A comfortable home benefits everyone who lives there and everyone who visits. Get new throw pillows for the sofa, put fresh flowers in a vase on the dining table, make Sunday morning breakfast, or clear out the linen closet and neatly fold the towels. Finding…Read More
Encourage someone to take a comfort break with you. See a movie or an art show, walk barefoot in the sand, or enjoy your garden. For more inspiration to find comfort and joy in everyday moments, sign up for Colette’s upcoming Living Comfort, Living Joy online retreat. This 11-Day Online Retreat is focused on bringing…Read More
BOOKS BY COLETTE
The Divine Heart
Seven Ways to Live In God's Love
Forthcoming April 2021 from Monkfish Book Publishing
Spiritual director Colette Lafia tells us that at the core of our being there is an ever-flowing love relationship with God, and it’s here we find meaning in our lives.
Beautifully expressed, with examples and awakenings from the author’s own journey, The Divine Heart offers seven “invitations,” principles of spiritual practice that awaken us to the ever-abundant flow of Divine love.
"During these turbulent times, we need the steadying voice of feminine wisdom more urgently than ever. In this luminous book, spiritual guide Colette Lafia offers the fruits of her tenderly cultivated inner life to feed people of all genders who thirst for a direct encounter with the embodiment of love, which she recognizes as our own true nature."
--- Mirabai Starr, translator of John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, author of Wild Mercy
How My Friendship with a Trappist Monk Taught Me to Trust and Embrace Life
Published by Ave Maria Press, Spring 2015.
Order on Amazon or from your favorite bookseller today.
"In Seeking Surrender, Colette Lafia challenges our notion of surrender, inviting us to see it as a path of opening to the fullness of life. Her spiritual companion, a Trappist Monk from the Abbey of Gethsemani, encourages and guides her towards deeper trust along her journey in a series of letters shared over years. A beautiful and honest book." – Fr.Richard Rohr,O.F.M.
Comfort & Joy
Simple Ways to Care for Ourselves and Others
Purchase the book with new journaling tips included on Amazon or from your favorite bookseller today.
Awarded “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2008” by spirituality and practice.com
“In her book Comfort and Joy, Lafia’s warm prose knits a cozy tapestry of vignettes, observations, affirmations, and gentle questions covering the simple ways we can care for others and ourselves.” Janet Boyer, author of New Year, New You.