Letting the Light In

I am so grateful to be in Christmastide after a challenging Advent! Break forth. O Beauteous Heavenly light!and welcome in the morning! As the twelve days of Christmas roll by, I am savoring the Light that has been increasing over these days, with our celebration of the coming of the Christ. What has come into [Read More...]

Hoping While Weeping–Advent IV

Within hours after I posted my last entry with a call to sing and rejoice, the entire nation was felled with the news of the slaughter of innocents in Newtown, Connecticut. Once again there were no words adequate, and there were too many inadequate ones. In my grief I felt catapulted ahead in the church [Read More...]

Anticipating Joy–Advent III

More light dawns in this Advent III week! One more candle on the wreath, and the texts from the lectionary begin to rejoice! Some traditions call this Sunday Gaudete Sunday or Rose Sunday, when a pink candle is lighted. For me, Mary, the mother of Jesus, while she retreats with her cousin Elizabeth, exemplifies of this movement [Read More...]

Looking for Light–Advent II


Advent begins in the dark, but if we attend to the candles in our wreaths and the narrative in hope, Light appears, a little at a time, in the promises and in the reality. Zechariah,  father of John, who will be called the Baptist and a surprise to both his parents, somehow was able to [Read More...]

Watching and Waiting: Advent 1

Today I am confused about Advent. I mean I know what the lectionary tells me it is, I know what the sacred reading tell me it is, but I am not altogether sure how to embody its observances and practices into my life. I do know that it starts in darkness…and part of my world [Read More...]

Real Spiritual Practices for People Who Age: A Book Review

Book Review for A Season of Mystery by Paula Huston, now featured at the Patheos Book Club A fresh voice is added to the chorus of writers who are helping those of us in what we are calling the “second half of life” find our spiritual moorings. Paula Huston in A Season of Mystery uses her [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Vespers

It is coming on to evening; I became aware last night at a concert of Monteverdi’s “Vespers,” that I long to close my evenings with attention to and from the Holy One, as the evening office of Vespers does. I need to ground my evening and my sleep in  a sense of Holy Presence whether [Read More...]

In Gratitude for Women who Run WithThe Spirit

I am very grateful for so many thing this season, and right at the top of the list is the cloud of women witnesses who have nourished my faith from birth. I come from a strong Southern matriarchal family, a grandmother named Mary, a Bible teacher par excellence,  and my mother and her three sisters–formidable, [Read More...]

A Saint Unknown for All Saints Sunday

We could not travel far in Ireland without running into signs, locations, references to the Big Name Saints: Patrick, Brigid and Brendan, followed by others like Kevin and Cieran. However, traveling with some prayer reflections about and from Irish saints in our hands, we discovered the presence of St. Gobnait of Ballyvourney in County Cork. [Read More...]

Obstacles and Distractions

I get bumped off the journey with regularity. This week was rife with what seemed like spanners in the works, bumps along the road. When I was traveling in Ireland a few weeks ago, being stymied by a flock of sheep in the road seemed like a lark, an interesting happening on the pilgrimage. Here [Read More...]