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March 16, 2018
Dark Devotional: Hear Us, O Lord!
“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions...
December 25, 2017
Christmas: It’s Complicated
Christmas is complicated. On one hand, the music is familiar, the smells are sweet, the...
December 12, 2017
The Shadow Side of Advent
Yesterday—the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent—I read a poem by Nikki Giovanni, and...
October 05, 2017
Approaching Mystery: Marybeth Bishop Haunts the Dead
States of Matter * I don’t know why the idea of dead bodies didn’t bother...
September 21, 2017
Songs As Sanctuary: Jenn Morson on Johnny Cash
Ever since I can remember, when I saw Johnny Cash, I saw my dad.
September 14, 2017
Approaching Mystery: Brian Doyle Attends “The Viewing”
Walked into the chapel at dusk last night, and there she was, in the casket...
March 31, 2017
Dark Devotional: Lazarus
My uncle died a few weeks before Easter last year, an uncle who lived...
January 27, 2017
Dark Devotional: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
5 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the [a]mountain; and after He...
December 28, 2016
The Dark Side of Christmas: The Murder of Innocents
“They said there’ll be snow at Christmas. They said there’ll be peace on Earth. But...
December 19, 2016
Jesus Frankenstein: Mary’s Baby and Mary Shelley’s Hideous Progeny
“I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion to be spurned at, and kicked,...
September 30, 2016
Dark Devotional: Out of the Dust
The hand of the LORD came upon me, and led me out in the Spirit...
September 18, 2016
Dark Devotional: Mother of Sorrows
After accepting that the mystical experience I had was about being drawn into full communion...
June 30, 2016
Dark Devotional: In Search of a Mothering God
A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. thus says the LORD: Lo, I...
June 17, 2016
Dark Devotional: Grief as Treason
“On that day the mourning in Jerusalem shall be as great as the mourning...
June 03, 2016
Dark Devotional: Murder Mysteries, Dead Bodies and Raising the Dead
As a paranormal mystery writer, I’m often ask why my books are so bloody...
May 18, 2016
The Babadook and the Faith Healer
I’m seeing a healer. The woman works out of an office where she officially does...
March 30, 2016
Light One Candle
Every week after Mass I light a candle. I love the smell of hot wax...
March 26, 2016
Dark Devotional: Holy Saturday: Sitting Outside of the Tomb
And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid...
March 22, 2016
Losing It: Colleen Mitchell Reads Seth Haines
I’ve been reading Seth Haines’s memoir Coming Clean, soaking up his call to make my...
February 26, 2016
The Dark Devotional: Third Sunday of Lent: Burned, but not Consumed
A Reading from the Book of Exodus. There an angel of the LORD appeared to Moses...
February 17, 2016
The Danger of a Clean Faith: Colleen Mitchell
I’ve heard it for as long as I can remember, how it's our job to...
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