Gloria M. Chang is a Taiwanese American writer, blogger, and photographer who began blogging at The Victor’s Place in May of 2020 at the invitation of Father Victor Hoagland, C.P. She began photographing snails and flowers a month earlier, launching the series with humorous text messages to family and friends as the coronavirus pandemic surged. It evolved into daily messages of inspiration, Scriptural reflection, and liturgical celebration.

“Mask Hammock
April 7, 2020

Psalm 127:2, Liturgy of the Hours

Who Are You Calling Slow?

Fun fact: Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose (1858-1937) invented the crescograph to measure the growth of plants. 

Just Passin’ Through

The Dandelion and the Snail

Shalom Snail posts are designed to be “evergreen” because they are always in season. Just as the liturgical celebrations cyclically return without exhausting their riches, Shalom Snail reflections may be revisited in order to plunge deeper into the mystery of God.

Scripture snippets and poetic verses capturing truths “in a snailshell” awaken the mind to contemplation.

Walking on Water with Jesus

Matthew 14:22-33 “in a snailshell”

Shalom Snail offers a contemplative space for silence, prayer, and gratitude for our divinely designed cosmos. 

The mountain of divine contemplation lies in the heart of every person, for “we hold this treasure in earthen vessels” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10 (11)

Wilderness Retreat