What You Do, Do — With a Swift Pace and Nimble Step

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Clare of Assisi died 760 years ago tomorrow (August 11, 1253). Yet she remains as much a beacon for women and men of faith today as she did in her own day. For centuries the story of Clare  has been interpreted through the life of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), the one-time playboy who was destined to become Catholicism’s most popular saint.Yet her indomitable faith complements that of her guide and truest love, St. Francis, whom I wrote about in my book A Mended and Broken Heart: The L … [Read more...]

When Divorce Is a Moral Imperative ~ Part 2

In my previous post I ended on the disheartening note that, after the failed attempt at marital counseling, I felt left on my own as to how to proceed and that the Kingdom of God was at stake. I was wrong on both counts. Help came to me surprisingly from two unexpected sources.The first was God, whom I assumed had consigned a certain level of purgatory for pastor's wives--the price to be paid for the salvation of others through the ministrations of their husbands. I shook my fist at God over … [Read more...]

When Divorce Is a Moral Imperative ~ Part 1

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 It has been 10 years since my divorce. I was married to a pastor. Our marriage ended after 24 years. I am no longer my ex-husband's wife. He has another wife and he also has another church. But this does not disqualify me from knowing the truth of what it takes to be married to pastor and why so many of these marriages fall apart in time.I am discovering that whenever I write or blog about the intractable dilemma of a Christian marriage ending in divorce, or -- more to the … [Read more...]

The Hidden Life of Clare of Assisi

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The hidden life of Clare of Assisi (119-[something] to 1253) is forever bound to that of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), though Clare was a force unto herself who cast her own light and left a unique echo. I have already written a book about Francis (A Mended and Broken Heart, 2008, Basic Books) and have now turned my thoughts to Clare--the medieval feminine expression of Francis' spiritual vision. She has a lot she can teach today's women because she was -- as Hillary Clinton recently … [Read more...]


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