• A Second Look: Believing in a Cosmic God or a Cozy God makes all the difference

    It was early one morning when I picked up a reflection to read as a way to start my day with calm meditation. I was unprepared for the surprising gift I received in these words offered by Richard Rohr: “You are a child of God, and always will be, even when you don’t believe it.”

  • God practices tough love

    Perhaps one of the most precious, yet one of the most misunderstood, perceptions of divinity is most apparent in our human desire for God to do everything for us at all times. We call God, Abba, because we want a Daddy God whose aim is to make our lives perfect without requiring our participation or effort.

    We pray to God, begging a plaintive “Please…please…won’t you do this or that?” We call it intercessory prayer or asking prayer and it is good for us to plea for ourselves and others.

  • Come, everything’s ready — and there’s still room

    Based on the Gospel reading about the feast prepared for guests who declined the invitation with a variety of excuses and explanations, the women of Slovenia have prepared a challenging message for the 2019 World Day of Prayer. They gave it the title, “Come, Everything is Ready.”

  • Life is simplified when limits are set

    Three realities strongly disturbed my serenity a few weeks ago. 1) Time passes more quickly than ever before. 2) I am addicted to scheduling in order to manage my life. 3) Just when I think all is in place, a glitch marches determinedly into my ordered existence. Disorder replaces order. Simultaneously, I stop simplifying. Then I start complicating my way of living. Anxiety enters and hours are spent trying to fix what was broken. Everything else is put on hold. The pressure to regain what I had lost builds exponentially.

  • Miracles can be found in ordinary experiences

    There is no humdrum in life. Can you, do you, believe it?

    There is no same ol’, same ol’, even if we try to make it so.

    These are not the words mouthed by a deranged individual person. They are not the rantings of a Pollyanna person living in denial or avoidance of reality.

  • In God we trust…or do we?

    Trust is such a tiny word. Five little letters strung together to create a mighty force in human life. Trust may well be the call word as we enter each new year, each new phase of life, each birth and re-birth. Yet it is one of those “easy for you, difficult for me” words, which fall facilely from our lips while challenging our innards with roiling trepidation.

  • When we build spaces, there is room for everyone
  • Forceful faith lies in the shadows of life

    Traditionally in the northern hemisphere the week of prayer is celebrated Jan. 18-25 and is sandwiched between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. It also encompasses a time of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a Day of Prayer for the Unborn. According to the World Council of Churches, “At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that ‘they may be one so that the world may believe.’ “

  • Memories of Martin Luther King Jr. evoke prophetic voices

    In the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, verses 17-18, we are reminded, “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see vision, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”

    Visionaries and dreamers shall prophesy. We recall the life of one who called us to see visions and dream dreams.

  • Examining the question: what’s my legacy?