Sons and Mothers

The unseen presence at the British Royal Wedding this past week was the mother whose untimely death and whose colorful persona shaped the choices and character of her son, William, second in line to the throne. As if there were not merely a  physical resemblance in her son, Diana was represented there, tacitly, by selections [Read More…]

Into Holy Hands

It is Holy Saturday and I am quietly resting in the turn of the season, finished with the tensions of Lent and Holy Week, awaiting the dawn of Eastertide in the morning. Something shifted in me yesterday when I heard the words of Jesus: “Into your hands, I commit my spirit…it is finished.” I realized [Read More…]

A Whole Holy Week

I feel very resistant to the drama at the start of this Holy Week! There is too much drama all around: last minute budget compromises; last-minute plans for coups and/or saving face by political leaders; people crying “wolf, wolf” when there is no wolf. So Palm Sunday doesn’t feel very auspicious for me as it [Read More…]

Teapots, Great and Small

Lent 5:                                                                                                           [Read More…]

A Sunday with Roses

Lent 4:   Mothering Sunday                                                                        Isaiah 66: 10, 11, 13 Janet Morley in her All Desire’s Known takes me is [Read More…]

Time for Pain

Lent 3                                                                                                           [Read More…]

Discern the Truth, Name the Evil

Lent 2: Luke 19: 41-48 Spirit of truth and judgement, who alone can exorcise the powers that grip our world, at the point of crisis give us your discernment, that we may accurately name what is evil, and know the ways that lead to peace. Evil shows up is two of the most well-known prayers [Read More…]


I entered this Lenten season feeling in need of a teacher. In this culture of multiple blogs and connections, (to which I am contributing), it was hard to sort through all the offerings in front of me to light on ONE where I might focus for this journey. I pulled a book written in 1988 [Read More…]

Piecing a Quilt

In a few days the season of Lent will begin, a process of preparing for the holy week leading to Easter. It is a process of reflecting on one’s own life, particularly looking at the things that one needs to let go of or get rid of or unload, to clear the way for the [Read More…]

Holy Beauty, Beautiful Holiness

Retreating to a spiritual center is a life-giving enterprise for anyone who needs to take a deep breath, to be still or to “come apart and rest for awhile,” as Jesus was wont to do. I traveled with a group that meets monthly to the Immaculate Heart Center in Santa Barbara for three days this [Read More…]