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
How can this be a time of solitude and not just separation and isolation? Thomas Merton, the Christian monk, wrote that “Solitude is not separation,” and that we go into the desert not to escape other people but in order to find them in God. During this pandemic, we’re spending more time with ourselves than…Read More
What does it mean to connect to our solitude? What does it mean to know that there is a deep, secret, hidden present place within where we meet God and where God meets us. In those tender moments like right now, perhaps feeling overwhelmed, emotionally vulnerable, tired, there is a place within where it’s vast,…Read More
Breathing in and breathing out. Arriving in this moment. Arriving home to yourself and to your heart. Letting yourself connect more consciously with your breath. Breathing in and breathing out. Taking the time to be with yourself. Connect with yourself more deeply. Finding the comfort that dwells within simply by being present to yourself. Hearing…Read More
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
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.