How He Entered

“…a son, a male child, who will rule all nations with an iron scepter.”   -Revelation 12:5 He entered, not a barn, not a hay-filled nursery, but a galaxy, a kingdom groaning for his rule. He arrived, not from a young woman, trembling and homeless, but a queen enthroned in stars. We saw him, one fleshy [Read More…]

Christ’s Mother Reflects, His Childhood

“and for him to see me mended / I must see him torn.”  -Luci Shaw “Mary’s Song” He stood at the door, wet-faced and panting. in his hands three baby birds. They’re hungry, he sniffed, nested them in a bowl with grass, fed them worms until they died. After, I held him for an hour, [Read More…]

Love in This: An Advent Reflection

It was “Ring of Fire” in my head that day as I moved through our house, 3-year-old at my heels. I was singing… Love is a burning thing And it makes a fiery ring. Bound by wild desire I fell into a ring of fire. Maybe I could’ve gotten away with such lyrics leaking from [Read More…]

{Practicing Benedict} Humility

“Holy Scripture, brethren, cries out to us, saying, ‘Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled,and he who humbles himself shall be exalted’ (Luke 14:11). In saying this it shows us that all exaltation is a kind of pride, against which the Prophet proves himself to be on guard when he says, ‘Lord, my heart is [Read More…]

Thankful Tuesday: Christmas Travel Edition!

Having a friend like Jamie in Austin, who was up all night with her 4-month-old and still willing to drive us to the airport at 4:30 am. Yay for friends who love us Boys who go to sleep on airplanes and choose not to scream. Thank you, children. The gift of being able to see [Read More…]


“For Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall rise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” –Handel’s Messiah (from Isaiah, chapter 60) “Immensity, cloister’d in thy dear womb, [Read More…]