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March 12, 2018
Love Hurts in
My favorite film from last year is a farce. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread functions...
February 23, 2018
Poetry Friday: “The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians” by Christian Wiman
I once met a beer-guzzling goat like the one in Wiman’s poem. His name was...
December 22, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Hope”
I love the broad strokes and sweeping vision of this poem at the same time...
October 24, 2017
Fit For Transformation
When my sister first told me about Orangetheory Fitness, I was intrigued. “You’d probably dig...
September 06, 2017
The Tattoo Monologues
Getting a tattoo is not only about deciding what to etch onto one’s body forever,...
August 30, 2017
My Tears Had Names
Guest Post The phone rang. My newborn must have been asleep—I have no recollection of...
August 22, 2017
Susan B. Anthony: Failure is Impossible
Just a few miles from my home in Rochester, NY, is the house where Susan...
July 03, 2017
Nonviolence and the Virtue of Hope
It was nonviolence that initially brought me to my spiritual director, Fr. Bill Shannon. I...
May 11, 2017
The “Oh, There You Are” Prayer
The love of God is scattershot. It is the love of the artist toward her...
May 02, 2017
By Matt Newcomb. My father held the wall to work his way from the bed...
February 27, 2017
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
and Our Rumbling Nation
This is an age of the world when nations are trembling and convulsed. A mighty...
February 15, 2017
After World War II devastated eastern Europe, the Red Army pushed into the countries allotted...
February 07, 2017
The Song of the Desert
“The Word of God which is his comfort is also his distress. The liturgy, which...
January 30, 2017
The Next Abraham
A few days ago, I was blessed to be present at my grandson Abraham’s bris,...
December 13, 2016
By Suzanne M. Wolfe These are dark times. Here in the northern hemisphere the sun...
August 16, 2016
The Neglected Garden, Part II
Continued from yesterday. The dollhouse my father was building for me was still unfinished when...
July 05, 2016
Adam Zagajewski’s Trench Warfare
“Writing poems is a duel / that no one wins…” As I’m reading the poem...
May 27, 2016
Poetry Friday: “The Manifestation” by Richard Jones
I’m a poet and believer. If anyone should spend an evening gazing at a meteor...
May 24, 2016
Purple Light in Sarajevo
My fellowship liaison, Sevko, drove, and his gaze flicked across teenagers spilling over the sidewalks....
April 05, 2016
A Dancing Christ
On Holy Saturday, I woke up at my sister's house in northern Minnesota with a...
April 01, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Creed in the Santa Ana Winds” by Bronwen Butter Newcott
Growing up in southern California, I experienced the uneasy allure of the Santa Ana’s hot...
December 25, 2015
Snow on Snow
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago....
October 01, 2015
Wonder Woman, Flying, Part 1: Transcendent Hope
It’s one of my favorite images of Diana of Themyscira, a.k.a. Wonder Woman: her proud,...
June 15, 2015
His Murderer and His Keeper
Some days I can’t remember: Am I Abel or Cain? Blackberry soda in the afternoon...
June 11, 2015
Prayers in the River
I stand hip-deep in a river, casting into the eddies. I am not the kind...
June 10, 2015
The Eucharist: Eat, Eat!
By Shannon Huffman Polson We sit in the back pew at church with intention; there’s...
February 23, 2015
The Tenth Leper
Guest post by Kelly Foster If you grow up in the South, you learn to...
August 21, 2014
The Gift of Gravy Days
Well, I’ve reached my three score and ten years. It must sound positively ancient to...
July 08, 2013
Sisyphus with a Lawnmower
I hate mowing the lawn. I hate lawnmowers. Our unkempt yard stands out among our...
January 17, 2013
The Peril of False Spring
It’s January, but the weatherman says the temperatures will creep up near seventy for the...
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