Just Stop

Some weeks all the blocks come tumbling down: a mission to which I have been committed is being shut down for lack of funds; the reality of death comes closer to those I love; the cracks in the institution of the Church seems to be driven deeper; the rebellions and riots around the world proliferate. [Read More…]

Laughter of Love

Loving another can be demanding work; paying attention, listening deeply, holding your tongue, ladling cups of cold water. So I need and long for holy laughter to lighten and energize the work of love. And laughter abounds in the world! In my world laughter came this morning when I went out to pick up the [Read More…]

Keeping Vigil

The image of astronaut Captain Mark Kelly shown by the hospital bedside touched my heart this past week. It is impossible to know what he is really thinking, but very easy to imagine the love, the hope, the tenderness and compassion as he is keeping vigil over his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, after the shooting [Read More…]

Too Many Words, Too Much Silence

In these days following the horror of the shootings in Arizona, I have been almost paralyzed: surely there have been too many words, but there has also been too much silence. Too many words in the face of devastation demands our silence: a grieving silence, too deep for words a thoughtful silence, pondering in our [Read More…]

Starry, Starry Night

I have loved Christmas, but more of my life is like the Epiphany story. It is a story that lives with me all year long. The Wise Ones gathered the wisdom available to them. For them it was in the stars. Where I live the stars are not always so readily visible; too many city [Read More…]

One Step Enough

This week between Christmas and New Year has felt extraordinarily gloomy to me….like John Henry Newman’s “circling gloom.” Was it the five straight days of rain that came down in Southern California where it “never” rains? or the pain of the people I know who are suffering so severely with disease, surgery and loss during [Read More…]

A Christmas Amma

Christmas was imprinted in me by my mother. A naturally ebullient and gregarious whirlwind, Marguerite leapt at the chance to express her true self when her world joined her in acknowledging and celebrating the joy and the good news of the coming of Jesus, God-in-person, to human persons and systems. She had permission to sing, [Read More…]

In The Bleak Midwinter

My spirit is longing for you, my God; my spirit is waiting in hope.         -Taize What a time of darkness in the world! Whether I am tracking politics, worlds conflicts, religious strife or life journeys with those  l love, it is bleak and fraught and painful.  “Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone,” [Read More…]