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September 19, 2018
Leonard Cohen’s Holy and Broken Hallelujah
My first “Hallelujah” was sung by Rufus Wainwright in Shrek. I was a preteen and...
September 18, 2018
Ready or Not for the Days of Awe
By now, I could have read Psalm 27 at least twenty-seven times, once a day...
August 30, 2018
Cathedrals of Consumption
Many years ago now, not long after I had been received into the Orthodox Church,...
August 27, 2018
Jesus in Disguise
My memory of last summer is filled with Jesus. Jesus in many guises behind the...
August 23, 2018
The Vision Will Not Disappoint
It is a miracle that we do not love; love is the watermark in the...
August 21, 2018
Meditations of a Library Assistant in the BS Aisle
As I shuffle through the stacks pushing my cart of books along, awkwardly favoring one...
August 02, 2018
If you can keep your faith once you’ve stopped using prayer as an attempt to...
July 26, 2018
Rubble and Re-Creation
In the beginning, when God was creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was...
July 16, 2018
Pennies from Heaven
I’ve never really been into crosses. Like fire hydrants or Starbucks, there are so many,...
July 12, 2018
Inspired by Rachel Held Evans’s Inspired
Fridays used to be pizza and a movie nights, growing up. My dad would bring...
July 11, 2018
Monasticism in Lockdown America: Part 9, Psalms, In the End
Thinking of the psalms as a way to cycle through the entire range of human...
July 07, 2018
Monasticism in Lockdown America: Part 8: Psalms In the Beginning
I always privately hated the psalms. Most of them, anyway. As a teenager, I’d leaf...
June 26, 2018
The Pope’s Call to Saintliness
Did you know that you're meant to be a saint? So says Pope Francis, in...
June 25, 2018
Monasticism In Lockdown America, Part 7: Holy Fool
Hank’s trembling confession that he’d be killing God if he killed another inmate had charged...
June 21, 2018
Monasticism in Lockdown America: Part 6, Icons
The jail staff asked if I would meet with some of the guys in the...
June 14, 2018
Monasticism in Lockdown America: Part 5, Holy Elders
With their white beards and deep lines in their faces, the older men stand out...
December 26, 2017
Jews Without Jerusalem
Unimaginable. That’s precisely why I will imagine it. Shake them, shake the books, shake the...
September 25, 2017
Questions for the One Who Waits
Psalm 27 is read by Jews from the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul...
September 13, 2017
There is Only This Present Moment
I’m trying to trust in God. My husband has had chronic fatigue and chest pain...
August 30, 2017
My Tears Had Names
Guest Post The phone rang. My newborn must have been asleep—I have no recollection of...
August 03, 2017
Smelling A Rat
This post originally appeared on “Good Letters” on October 15, 2014. About a year ago...
August 01, 2017
Our Lady of Czestochowa
Before a metastasizing cancer had fully whittled away her quality of life, my mother left...
July 26, 2017
The Baptisms on Pentecost
Our guests at the baptism on Sunday agreed, all of our friends and family, many...
July 20, 2017
The Businessman’s Faith
One year ago, I abandoned the nonprofit and academic world to become a freelance copywriter,...
July 03, 2017
Nonviolence and the Virtue of Hope
It was nonviolence that initially brought me to my spiritual director, Fr. Bill Shannon. I...
June 13, 2017
Do Atheists Dream of Pearly Gates?
Yes even when I don’t believe there is a place in me inaccessible to unbelief...
May 24, 2017
Alleluia for the Easter Season
I used to find Easter a letdown. Lent is so full of the self-improvement activities...
May 16, 2017
Tweeting my Theology
When I went to seminary, there was concern. Friends whispered. Had I gone rogue? Or...
May 11, 2017
The “Oh, There You Are” Prayer
The love of God is scattershot. It is the love of the artist toward her...
May 04, 2017
Singing the Qur’an in Different Voices
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