Traveling Companions

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Tomorrow we begin a Lenten journey. Following a model of Jesus and a tradition of the Church, we make an incursion into our routine in order to create a space in which our attention can be directed to the presence and invitations of the Holy One in our own lives, both widening our vision of [Read More...]

A Gift for the Introverts Among Us: A Review of Quiet-The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

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I am delighted that Susan Cain, author of Quiet has had the power, and has taken the time, to write this book which can give reassurance and practical support to so many of us introverts who have had to learn professionally and personally to develop skills to navigate this public North American culture of wall-to-wall [Read More...]

Give Me a Word!

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Those Wise Ones who followed the star were blessed to see and to agree with each other on the Light they were following! I am not always so clear. I am finding myself like the seekers who came to the Desert Ammas and Abbas so long ago with the plea, “Give me a Word!” I [Read More...]

A Lens of Compassion

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It is January, bleak midwinter of many spirits, if not in all of our climates. Without the colorful decorations of the Christmas season, things look sparser and plainer, and the swell of Christmas choruses has died down until the end of the year. I have been saying farewell to people off on new adventures, and [Read More...]

Wisdom by Starlight–Epiphany

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Each year I am drawn more and more to the Epiphany chapter of the  Christmastide story. I love the yearning and desire that have kept these wise ones reading, consulting, (were they praying?) in search of Light, in following that call. As I am launched into the new year, those Wise Ones, (who says there [Read More...]

Letting the Light In

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]


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