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

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

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

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

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 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...

ADVENT PRAYER

As we move deeper into Advent my prayer becomes much simpler.  God doesn’t need my words, my reminders, my “eloquent” phrases.  Who am I to tell God what to do or what I or anyone else needs, no matter how good my intentions.  As Jesus says in Matthew 6:7-8: “In...

Stand Erect And Raise Your Head

How comfortable are you with the words, “stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”   Many of us have grown up with the idea that Advent is a time of repentance, a penitential time.  In giving deeper thought to the words I heard for the...

Offering An Easy Eye

My husband prefers grey days. “Easy on the eyes,” he says. Though I usually prefer sunshine, his love of the subdued has rubbed off on me, especially this time of year.  When the landscape moves from brilliant color to subtle hues, greys, browns, and white after a...

Spaciousness Between Our Branches

In our community, we are blessed to have a new park along the Chippewa River that has paved paths which allow us to walk our monthly silent peace walk year-round. This month as we walked, the crisp air of late fall was refreshing as darkness rapidly fell. The sun set...

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