Looking for the Living

deep waters

I had the pleasure of being a part of an ordination service a few weeks ago at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston.   It was a lovely space and a wonderful service. Walking in, a friend and I commented on how you could smell the history of this place… the beautiful aged wood and generations of incense and prayer.  Somewhere in the process of the service, I noticed a beautiful stained glass window behind the altar. Though the image I offer you now is not very good (I really need a class in iPho … [Read more...]

Being prayer

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"But, for me, in that moment, on that particular evening, the words simply would not come" As a spiritual director, you might expect that I spend a fair amount of time thinking about prayer, talking about prayer, and actually praying. Lately I’ve been reflecting on how varied my experiences of prayer have been throughout my life.  The most poignant moment of change happened when our son was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  This is how I wrote about it in Sacred Healing: MRIs , marigolds, and mir … [Read more...]

Re-imagining the Trinity

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 "She referenced the Trinity as Life-giver, Pain-bearer, and Love maker."Last Sunday was “Trinity Sunday” in the Episcopal church.  I’m not quite sure why this doctrine gets its own Sunday. Perhaps it is because it inspired jolly old St. Nicholas to punch another guy in the nose.  I have never felt particularly connected to the importance of the Trinity, especially since it is a construct we came up with more than a overtly Biblical  teaching. But I was intrigued by a particular naming offer … [Read more...]

Not the Lent I intended

poppy cross

Some years, we elect our Lenten discipline, thoughtfully chosen to strategically open or soften parts of our hearts that feel more like stone than like flesh.This year my heart got a different kind of  journey than I had plotted.The Lent I had planned included a series of 40 reflections, 31 already thought through and outlined…. All focused on feminine spirituality and why we as church seem determined to avoid this reality of gender different spirituality in favor of being insistent on th … [Read more...]

Happy New Year!

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"In life, suffering does not seem to be optional. Suffering in silence, however, does." Today is the first day of the new church year and so a great time for new beginnings.As regular readers of this blog (well, better said, those who have attempted to read the non-existent regularly posted content) you have likely noticed that this blog has suffered from a very neglectful mother.I could offer several reasons for my neglect, and may over time, but presently I’m a bit tired of my own e … [Read more...]

Ungodly contentment

red rose

"So many women spend their lives playing small. I call it ungodly contentment. "It's funny how adept we are as humans at turning something helpful and good into something less than helpful.  Contentment is one of those characteristics that can be a quality of spiritual maturity, or it can be a sign of our refusal to grow up. Though likely just a teen, Mary seemed amazingly mature as she let go of contentment and opened to something new and "troubling." This is how I write about it My Own … [Read more...]


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