A Lantern in the Darkness

“There is a really deep well inside me.  And in it dwells God. Sometimes I am there, too . . . And that is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters:  that we safeguard that little piece of You, God, in ourselves.” The above words were written by...

Notice

Slow down and notice the green spiral log the caterpillar crawling at its own pace. Slow down and notice listen to the river rippling over the stones. Slow down and notice the path is open again. Slow down and notice the gift of the feather left as a reminder  to pay...

HOW DO YOU FIND THE GOOD?

Recently, our grandson sent me a photo of the sun rising. It was very orange and seemed unusually large.  When I complemented our grandson on his photo, he indicated to me that the size and color of the sun was the result of the fires in the West.  And then he said,...

Walking in the Footsteps of St. Francis

“Though everyone who’s ever lived has walked, realize that no one has ever taken the step you are about to take.” ¹ No one! Six years ago, Gordy and I went on pilgrimage to Assisi.  I have felt an affinity with St. Francis since I was a child, and I always dreamed of...

Weeds and Wheat

On one summer Sunday, and again on some weekdays, in the Catholic liturgy, we heard again the parable of the weeds and the wheat.  This has long been one of my favorite parables and images from Jesus.  I think this simple story reflects some of the reality of life in...

Change

We are in a season of change, on many levels.  We watch the leaves change color, the squirrels frantically bury their “stash”, and the temperature drop.  This is nature proclaiming a time of transition. Change is also occurring in our world, society and communities. ...

There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch

As a child, Joseph Calderon was homeless, living with his parents in their station wagon.  Hungry, they stopped for Kentucky Fried Chicken and discovered that they had only enough cash to feed, “little Joey”.  Joey’s father burst into the restaurant, hopped the...

The Dignity of Labor

In the Gospel we heard proclaimed this past Sunday, Jesus rebuked Peter for thinking “not as God does” but as human beings think.  In a couple of weeks, we will hear the parable of the workers in the vineyard (Mt. 20:1-16), another Gospel that will underscore the...

The Little Things

Every year of the decade-or-so that I lived in Madison, Loran Miller would recruit me, as summer meandered into autumn, for the harvest. Handing me two plastic five-gallon buckets and pointing me in the general direction of the wheelbarrow, which I would need when the...

FORGIVENESS

Who in your life do you find it hardest to forgive?  (Hold that question for now.)  Forgiveness, according to Webster, is an act of forgiving.  To forgive means to cease to feel resentment against an offender. Forgiveness can be both hard and easy in the negative...

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