My first 100 posts


My Patheos blog is only five months old, so a “Best of 2012″ would be a bit much, but I’ve done exactly 100 posts, which is a good reason to pause a moment and look back. [Read more...]

Do Not Start Fresh for the New Year


There is a New Year’s lie that, just like hanging a fresh calendar on the wall, we too can start over. Make a resolution. Decide that this year will be different. Somehow reset our lives and start fresh. Us 2.0. Thinking that deciding to change and changing are the same thing. The truth is that our less positive habits, like lily pads floating on a pond, are rooted deep down in the muck… [Read more...]

Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor

The Holy Women At The Tomb Of Jesus Christ by William Bourguereau-crop

My favorite recording of my favorite piece of music: Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor. [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Baby — from Christina Aguilera and me [VIDEO]

Christina Aguilera singing Merry Christmas Baby with Dr. John

Here’s an early Christmas gift for you: the best voice in popular music, Christina Aguilera, with the most amazing vocal of her career, and it’s a Christmas song! Whether you like pop or not, you will love this. [VIDEO] [Read more...]

Happy Festivus! Now about that Airing of Grievances…

Festivus Pole scene from Seinfeld with Jerry Seinfeld and Jerry Stiller

Festivus, celebrated on December 23, is the ultimate postmodern holiday. It’s ironic not only in how it’s executed but in its very inception. It’s a sarcastic spoof of family holidays, with a bitter slant — making a joke out of how unpleasant they can often be. [Read more...]

6 Tips for Making It Through Christmas Family Gatherings

From the Texas Dept. of Transportation’s “Tipsy, buzzed, or Blitzen” campaign

If you are heading into an uncomfortable family situation this week, here are 6 simple tips to help you make it through. I learned them through hard-fought experience. I hope they’re helpful. [Read more...]

The difference between Santa, God, Spiderman and the Spanish Inquisition

Source: Stephen Wildish

This Venn diagram explains the difference between Santa, God, Spiderman and the Spanish Inquisition. :-) [Read more...]

Home for The Holidays When A Parent Is An Alcoholic or Addict


Are you going home or having family over for Christmas with trepidation because it means dealing with an alcoholic parent? Are you not going home for Christmas because, after years of discomfort, you’re not willing to put up with it anymore? [Read more...]

Gaudete Sunday after the Sandy Hook school shooting

RIP Victoria Soto, 27-year-old teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who gave her life protecting the lives of her 16 first grade students.

How do we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, which means Rejoice Sunday, after the Sandy Hook shooting? By following the counsel of today’s reading and looking to what’s true and honorable, like teacher Victoria Soto who gave her life to protect her students. [Read more...]

Will we finally have a national conversation about guns because of the the Newtown school shooting?

Spiritual leaders can offer a distinct perspective on the Newtown shootings, free from the political framing. To start, we can say, simply: This is not OK. We cannot dismiss incidents like this as a cost of freedom. The human suffering is not acceptable. [Read more...]