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She Didn’t Need to Ask Him For Anything

I have a group called my “Spiritual Friends.”  These are people with great hearts!  So we love to share inspiration.

Last night I read a prolific mini-biography on Catherine of Genoa, from the 15th century.


Her life was so different from the lives we live today.  She lived a very tough life, but, in the last part of her life — See how happy! How fulfilled!  How complete she is!   She is living and serving in Love. Her life is so complete, because she is fully loving.

So let’s learn from her and from her life… Here’s her brief story.

Catherine came from the prominent Italian Fieschi family. She originally wanted to join the convent.  Upon the death of her father at age 16, Catherine married a wealthy trader. He was also from prestige, having been connected to two Popes in his family.

It was not a happy union. He treated her most unkindly with a violent temper and relentless spending.  At times, she was distracted from her original spiritual devotion to God.


At one point in a church, she became so humbled and had a vision of conversion.  She became in constant union with God.  It was back to her original vision of wanting to be in a convent, in a way; she was tireless, obedient, loving. She became a mystic and saint, ministering to the poor with utmost servitude.

It was said about her: “Her love for God was matched only by her love for others.”

As you see below, she was so close to God — she didn’t need to ask him for anything. 

“May this be our prayer: “I do not want to turn my eyes from you O God.   There I want them to stay and not move no matter what happens to me, within or without.”

For those who trust in God need not worry about themselves. As I think about you, my spiritual children, I see that God’s pure love is attentive to all your needs. It is because of his tender love I need not ask anything of God for you.”  -Catherine of Genoa

Catherine of Genoa

Life’s and Teachings
“Her love for God was matched only by her love for others”
Bio: Catherine of Genoa was born in Genoa in 1447. Following an unhappy and abusive marriage, she was converted to Catholicism during a confession. Catherine of Genoa became a saint recognized for her work among the sick and the poor.

Classic Pamela Positive: The relationship I care about the most — is with…

“The relationship I care about the most — is with God.” -PH
Know it.
You’re a leader, and we need to be firm today. You are getting distracted by that conversation, that past event, that anger welling up within, that hurt…  again. 
What is the most important relationship you have on earth?
It’s not your marriage, your boss, your priest, your favorite grandmother, your husband, your wife,  your guardian angel, your brother, your beloved mutt dog, the president of your country, your mortgage broker, your best friend, your financial advisor, your attorney, your teacher, your mentor, your spiritual guide… or even your children.
Pure, simple… your #1 relationship is Love, God. Stay there.
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Pamela is a winner of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize in Community Service), and has been invited three times to the White House. Pamela was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company and CSRWire. She is a philanthropy expert for the new TV show, Billions Rising.

Pamela is also an accomplished actress, improviser, dancer and singer with over 100 performances in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. She is trained by The Groundlings, a graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade, at advanced level Second City Los Angeles, and a BATS improv player. Pamela donates a portion of every show’s proceeds to UniversalGiving.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Death Is Nothing At All”

My beloved Oma was one of my best friends. And yet she is with me constantly. It’s not easy, it never will be, but it changes. I am learning to become more natural in my connection with her, even though I can’t see her. I can still feel her presence, I can still feel her love.

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Top 10 Things We Can Learn from Chess for Life

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Here is a helpful list from one of the smartest games we have available to us, chess. Let’s see what we can learn, and how it applies to our lives. Continue reading

Learning from Chess: Develop the Habit of not Being Discouraged by Present Bad Appearances


“And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs; the habit of hoping for a favorable chance…”

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