February 15, 2019

  “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers, but their delight is in the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.  They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.  In all that they do, they prosper.”  Psalm 1:1-3 In my Bible, I have a… Read more

February 8, 2019

We can almost see Paul talking himself down sometimes, can’t we? Like in this weekend’s letter to the Corinthians, he tries so hard to find humility, but he just can’t help inflating himself. Then he brings it down again, trying to temper his enthusiasm. Recalling the events of Christ’s death and resurrection, Paul reminds the Corinthians about all the witnesses to the Paschal events, getting really fired up about the message of salvation. But then it comes, the Pauline humblebrag:… Read more

February 5, 2019

  “What I came to, is that as Catholic priest, I was in a profession that discriminated against women.” – Roy Bourgeois It has been seven years since Roy Bourgeois was laicized and excommunicated from the Catholic Church for advocating for women’s equality.   Ordained a priest in 1972, Roy’s remarkable journey includes a Nobel Peace Prize and Oscar nomination, serving in the US Navy in Vietnam, living as a missionary in Bolivia, serving several prison sentences for protesting, and… Read more

February 1, 2019

  I first memorized the scriptures in 1 Corinthians 13 when I was a freshman in high school in 1981. That was the year that Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in a spectacle that basically the entire world was obsessed with for weeks. Fitting for a fairy tale royal wedding, this passage on love was read at the ceremony. It was a reading at my own wedding nine years later. It has been a reading at pretty much every… Read more

January 21, 2019

Body                                                        Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live, a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.   Shit, we’re late. Crap, I need to stop cussing in my head in God’s house. Dammit.   “C’mon, Jillie.” I tug her hand. “We’re a little late.” “Late! No! Nonononono!” Dammit, why can’t I remember not to use that word? “Shhhh! Jillie, they’re not even up front yet, we’re not technically… Read more

January 20, 2019

  Sometime in 2016, a profusion of quotations by Mary Oliver flitted across my Facebook feed. I’m not sure what prompted it. I’d never heard of Mary Oliver before (mea culpa), but suddenly her name seemed to be everywhere. I took the bait and bought Upstream, a collection of her essays. Upstream turned out to just the kind of book I like best, a blend of reflections on nature, art, literature, and life experience. It reminded me of Annie Dillard… Read more

January 6, 2019

January always makes me think of stars. It begins with an artificial star – the ball dropping in Times Square. Six days later, Christians celebrate Epiphany – a story about a star. Around this time of year the temperature drops noticeably. On these colder nights, the stars begin to shine brighter and stronger. The scientific reason for this is that there is less moisture in the air to distort the starlight. Coming on the heels of Christmas, however, it’s hard… Read more

December 24, 2018

When I read the Christmas stories in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew, I’m often struck by the paradoxes. That is to say, two things that seem like they shouldn’t be joined come together around the birth of Jesus. Advent and Christmas are seasons full of both/and, of now and not yet. The liturgy of the season challenges us to both remember the events surrounding Christ’s birth in the past and anticipate Christ’s coming again in the future. The past… Read more

December 18, 2018

It’s that time of year again! The time when you look at the calendar, notice it’s the third Sunday of Advent, and realize that you still have gifts to buy. You have procrastinated and, in short, it’s time to panic.   If you have sick pilgrims in your life, then we are here to help with our handy dandy Sick Pilgrim Gift Guide!   If you don’t have sick pilgrims in your life, then maybe you need some new friends…. Read more

December 11, 2018

  “What about the self as the grotesque?. What happens when that category is applied to ourselves, as opposed to when we apply it to something other? What happens when we begin to see ourselves as the other?” These questions that really struck me when I heard them. They’ve stayed with me, partly because of the way I experience myself. As someone who is extremely introverted I’m used to seeing myself from the outside, feeling like I’m outside the group,… Read more

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