When I was hobbled, trying to figure out how to eke from life what I needed, I searched for things and people to fill me, to complete me. Anne Lamott1 expresses the longing beautifully: There was usually an initial flurry of hope and sex, maybe even of rich love, but ultimately we discovered that it […]

“I don’t have to fully write my private story. It’s being written with me and in me. I am already a character on the stage. I am being used, I am being chosen, I am being led. [I am] both the agony and the ecstasy of God that is happening inside, and all [I] can […]

His voice is in the rising sun, the melody of songbird scales; in fragrant, fragile viburnum, first taste of coffee, fresh and hale. I breathe the air in of the Son; the Spirit helps me to prevail. When daily in relationship He shapes this unique workmanship.   With Him in me I feel the drum […]

catholic: all-embracing, all-inclusive, open-minded Faith is professed with the lips and with the heart, through words and through love.  (Pope Francis) I call myself a follower of Jesus; my choice of label is intentional. Too many times, I’ve heard accusations and condemnation emanating from the lips and hearts of my Christian brothers and sisters. Too […]

The Inchoateness of Being [T]his slow process of transformation and the realizations that came with it were not either-or decisions; they were great big both-and realizations. None of it happened without much prayer, self-doubt, study and conversation, but the journey itself led me to a deepening sense of what the church calls holiness, what Americans […]

There I am, barely three months old, snuggled between and basking in the love of my mother and her mother.   My mother had me when she was thirty-six; she wanted a second child to name after her beloved father Sam who had just died.   She took the first letter of his first name […]

“Always measure your life solely by the standards of Jesus. Submit yourself to His yoke, and His alone; and always be careful never to place a yoke on others that is not of Jesus. It takes God a long times to get us to stop thinking that unless everyone sees things exactly as we do, […]

This new and deeper passion is what people mean when they say, “I must do this particular thing or my life will not make sense,” or “It is no longer a choice.” Your life and your delivery system are now one, whereas before your life and your occupation seemed like two different things. Your concern […]

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “I can guarantee this truth: unless you are born again, you cannot see through God’s eyes.” (John 3:3) Before I became a follower of Jesus, I was repelled by those who called themselves “born-again Christians.” To me, their attitude was always one of superiority and condemnation. The approach was of a […]

Cancer, diabetes, bipolar, addictions, pre-existing conditions. Who cares if we live or die as long we’re no longer in the womb.   Seniors and the poor face higher costs and less coverage; babies born sick get none. Where has compassion gone? Is this still my country?   People in the top 1% of wealth get […]