We Are Formed

We are formed by environment and grace, by politics and prayer, by church and conscience.  All God’s creatures conspire to teach us as well.  We stumble.  We stutter.  We rise.  We are lifted.  - St Anthony of Padua (Feast Day June 13) Every other month I drive...

When Was the Last Time You Sang?

When was the last time you sang? When was the last time you danced?  –Questions put to the sick by a Native American Medicine Man ¹ One morning last week I was sitting at my kitchen table planning a prayer experience for a weekly group I have been part of for many...

Memorial Day

Next Monday we again celebrate Memorial Day.  This day has several meanings for people.  The primary one remains the honoring of those who have died in war.  And then with that we associate the memory of all who have served the country, and who have not necessarily...

When Nothing Speaks

The date I had promised to write a reflection was fast approaching and yet I had not a single insight, though, or inspiration to share.  Nothing spoke to my heart.  There was only an empty silence. I tried writing about nice thoughts using lofty spiritual words but...

Fishbowl Guidance

“A human being is essentially a spirit-eye. Whatever you really see, you are that.”                               Rumi   Our life today may seem, at times, like being confined within a fishbowl.  Our space is limited. Travels become routinized.  We gaze at loved...

The Person Who Loves, No Matter What

Occasionally, one of my students would accidentally call me “Mom.”  This would not have been unusual, if I’d taught Kindergarten or first or second grade.  But I did not teach at an elementary school.  I taught at a university.  Inevitably, the student who had...

Hope Does Not Disappoint Us

“and hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 5:5) I thought of this verse immediately when I was asked if we would do a reflection on a Bible verse that has to do with HOPE. This is the verse...

Marking Time: Numbers that Count

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. - Emily Dickinson Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. - Lao Tzu The past is never dead. It’s not even past. - William Faulkner   Have you ever found yourself pondering time? I...

CHANGE

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not fighting the old, but building the new.”  - Socrates Have you ever experienced change?  Now you might think that is a silly question, because from the time of our birth to our death, change is inevitable.  It...

This is My Home, and These are My People

We are not two seagulls separated by 6 feet of water;  we are two seagulls connected by 6 feet of water.  - John Bell   There is no difference between healing your body and healing the Earth, or helping another to heal. It is all the same body.  - Alla Renee...

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