Virginia Herbers is an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who is director of spiritual formation at St. Louis University. She has a master's degree in pastoral studies and has ministered in education at both the elementary and high school levels in Connecticut, New York, Missouri and Taiwan. Other ministries have included spiritual direction on university campuses, directing the Queen of Apostles Spiritual Life Center in St. Louis and a variety of ministries for her community, including formation, vocation and provincial leadership.

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'God alone' are words to live by

Horizons - No one belongs on a pedestal. It is both lonely and dangerous. We are meant to live on the earth, grounded in reality and feet firmly planted. This could easily turn cynical, I realize. To fail to admire good qualities in another is no virtue.

A reflection on God's time

Horizons - Lately I've been wondering a bit about kairos, this sense of God's time. Ever since Dec. 28, to be precise. That was the feast of the Holy Innocents last month.

We aren't made for darkness: O come, Emmanuel

We have been created for love, for life and for eternity. So when temporality reminds us that we can't have the fullness of any of it yet, something in our human nature rebels with either a sob or a whimper.

At Mass behind a family of six

Horizons - From a family of six in church, we might just learn what it means to live together, to watch out for each other and care for each other's well-being, to form a family.