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April 17, 2018
The Skirt of God
Dear Saint Francis, I imagined I saw you today out of the upstairs window. Your...
March 21, 2018
Adventures in Praying with Scripture
How did I first hear of lectio divina? It must have been from the monks...
March 14, 2018
I Will Sing Your Praise
For a few years in the late 1990s, early 2000s, I brought a book of...
March 06, 2018
As I Lay (Nearly) Dying
At first I didn’t know that I was dying. I’d been rushed to the hospital...
February 08, 2018
In a Funk
You’re not sorry you’re alive, just embarrassed. Aware of the burden of your body. How...
November 03, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Speculation: Along the Way”
Did you ever try finding words for the experience of prayer? Or for the sense...
October 27, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Notre Dame”
I love it when poems speak to each other and expand on a shared theme....
September 08, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Russian Bell”
In this stirring poem by Anya Silver, the bell becomes a blueprint. First, the bell...
September 01, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Psalm of Your Face”
“Lord, let…”: this is how nearly every sentence of Nicholas Samaras’s “The Psalm of Your...
August 04, 2017
Poetry Friday: “My Life as an Open-Air Temple”
In Dolin’s poem we wake up abruptly inside the walls of an ancient temple. Walls...
June 27, 2017
Practicing Presence, Part 2
The following two-part post was originally delivered as the 2017 commencement address for Trinity Academy...
June 16, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Prayer”
I used to collect poems that are prayers, so Sharon Cumberland’s “Prayer” immediately leapt out...
June 15, 2017
A Prayer for Kendrick Lamar
It occurs to me each time I listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Damn: The award winning...
May 24, 2017
Alleluia for the Easter Season
I used to find Easter a letdown. Lent is so full of the self-improvement activities...
May 19, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Spirit of Promise”
Memories can make good material for poetry. In “The Spirit of Promise,” Daniel Donaghy is...
May 11, 2017
The “Oh, There You Are” Prayer
The love of God is scattershot. It is the love of the artist toward her...
November 28, 2016
Saying Yes to the Annunciation
Of all the Gospel episodes, the Annunciation has long been one of the favorites of...
November 18, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Full Thunder Moon” by Julie L. Moore
The days following the election have been dark indeed. People unhappy with the outcome fear...
August 09, 2016
Fit for Immortality?
“How’s your health?” my long-time friend asked me with concern. “The leukemia is creeping toward...
August 05, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Onesimus”
In this month of painful national and international news, Tania Runyan’s poem “Onesimus” offers a...
July 15, 2016
Poetry Friday: “I Am Poured Out Like Water”
What attracts me to this poem is something deliberately absent yet evocatively present: baptism in...
July 11, 2016
My mother was a dancer. I use the term dancer in the most flexible possible...
June 21, 2016
By Grace Talusan We stumbled onto the bus in Lisbon, sleepy after the overnight flight...
June 17, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Tenebrae” by Anya Krugovoy Silver
This is a dark poem, raising a profound question about suffering. Its title, “Tenebrae,” is...
May 11, 2016
My Prayer Is Not Prayer
My prayer is not prayer, not exactly. It includes words. It may even begin with...
March 10, 2016
Praying the Rosary
By Laura Bramon My first rosary is invisible: a string of children’s voices ricocheting off...
March 04, 2016
Learning Poetry, Unlearning God
By Natasha Oladokun In my sophomore year of college, I wrote a poem. Though I...
March 03, 2016
By Judy Bolton-Fasman Sh’ma yisrael Adonai Elohanu Adonai echad—Hear O’ Israel the Lord is God,...
February 24, 2016
Peace, My Animal
"Benedic, anima mea," I say each night to the mouse that lives behind my desk....
December 22, 2015
Prayer: When You Can’t Find the Words, Make Them Up
I spent much of this past summer watching my friend’s three-year-old girl, Mia, as my...
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