All My Relatives

All My Relatives

In August, I attended a wonderful retreat in Maple Lake, MN. One of the presenters was a Lakota Sioux man, Joseph Medicine Robe, who frequently addressed us as “relatives,” and mentioned the Lakota phrase ‘mitakuye oyasin,’ which I wrote about several years back. A...
By All Appearances…

By All Appearances…

I was sitting in the dining hall at the University of St. Thomas while on retreat there last summer, when my attention was caught by a scene I viewed out of the window. A very tall, bare, grey tree towered alone amidst a stand of green trees. I was mesmerized by the...
Do Not Worry

Do Not Worry

“Do not worry about life or about your body. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” Luke 12: 22-26 “Life is marked...
Every Breath is a Resurrection

Every Breath is a Resurrection

The Lord God…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Gen: 2:7 Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. John: 20:22 Spirit lives inside our breath, and so every breath can become a...
Recognize the Presence of God

Recognize the Presence of God

“The world is my meeting place with God…as the body of God, it is wondrously, awesomely, divinely mysterious.”¹   “This model of the universe as the body of God invites…us to do something that Christians have seldom done: think about God and bodies…Such a focus causes...