Leaving Behind

Leaving Behind

“As one door is closed in your life a new one opens before you.  Pause briefly at this threshold and know that what you are leaving behind is for the best…” M. E. Miro   This quote from a book that I was reflecting on “Open the Door” by Joyce Rupp, challenged me...
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...
Pause, Pause, Pause

Pause, Pause, Pause

The theme for our silent women’s retreat weekend was Sacred Speaking, Sacred Listening.  Some of my preparation for this weekend included an awareness of kinds of speaking I do.  There are instant reactions, quick responses, hurried answers, instinctive decisions, and...
Persevere Despite Doubt

Persevere Despite Doubt

If you have been paying attention, you might have noticed that this year’s Lent began and ended with secular events.  Ash Wednesday was on Valentine’s Day which caused a conflict between celebrating with a meal out and keeping a day of fast and abstinence.  Easter...
The Marketplace of Our Hearts

The Marketplace of Our Hearts

We are all familiar with the gospel passage in John 2 where Jesus enters the temple, and consumed with anger, drives out the sheep and oxen with a whip and overturns the tables of the moneychangers, spilling their coins everywhere. It’s a story that has always made me...
Music in My Heart

Music in My Heart

When I was a little girl I wrote a poem entitled “Music Birds.” I wrote it in the pasture behind my grandma’s barn near the “play woods” and in view of the cow pond. We had a huge flock of sparrows that would dance together. They seemed to be one entity as they would...