Simply True

Simply True

“Many years ago, there lived an Emperor who was so terribly fond of beautiful new clothes that he spent all his money on dressing elegantly.” * So begins the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Emperor’s New Clothes, a tale with a message as relevant today as it was...
Discerning Dignity

Discerning Dignity

Those of us who grew up in the United States learned about it in school. Those of us who live in the United States sometimes refer to it in conversation and occasionally see and hear snippets of it on television, the radio, newspapers, or the internet. References to...
The Light in All Things

The Light in All Things

Sometimes the events of a day will open up to teach a lesson, one that is more than many words could ever show.  In such moments, the truth can become obvious that has been right in front of our eyes all along. One such moment happened during a recent retreat at St...
These Fragile Years

These Fragile Years

Handwashing my mother’s best crystal goblets recently, a wedding gift from about 1954, I was truly struck by how fragile and beautifully crafted they are. Thin as a glaze of freezing rain on a windshield, they look as if someone sang a high note or spoke harshly, they...
Christmas Joy

Christmas Joy

The joy of Christmas is different for everyone. For St. Francis of Assisi both Christ and Mary had a very special place in his heart. On Christmas Eve in 1223, three years prior to his death, Francis had an idea to recreate the scene in Bethlehem, the first crèche at...
A Ring Tone

A Ring Tone

A modern Christmas carol – “Mary, Did You Know?” – is the ringtone on my cell phone. This carol speculates on Mary’s thoughts after Jesus’ birth.  Each time my phone rings, and I hear the beginning, “Mary, did you know?”, I consider it a “holy interruption” in...