Things Keeping Us Alive, April ’17

Lent is over, and Easter is here. The time for mourning and sacrificing is over. The Church invites us into the season of celebration. After the pain and utter defeat at Calvary, He is risen. Alleluia, alleluia.If you're like me though, it's not quite as easy as that.I wouldn't call it "pessimistic"; it's not that simplistic. I'm just a little leery to expect undiluted joy.And I don't think I'm the only one who feels that way.Rather than be overwhelmed by icy ennui, I chose to … [Read more...]

Dark Devotional: How Do I Get to the Desert?

I learned I had no discipline or willpower at age nine when my fourth grade religion teacher had us write down in our composition notebooks what we would be giving up for Lent. That was a real head-scratcher; any child would’ve had a hard time having a “vice” in my household. My brother and I had everything we needed, and most of what we wanted, but unlike many of my friends, we didn’t have video-game systems that we played into the wee hours. My mother didn’t keep candy in the house (well, I lea … [Read more...]