Daybreak

Psalm 90 is one of my favorites. It opens with “In every age, O God, you have been our refuge.” The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (2013) opens Psalm 90 this way: God, it seems you’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born, Long before you brought earth itself to birth, … More Daybreak

Celebrating Pentecost

According to Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI (Give Us This Day, May 31, 2020), Pentecost is part of a cycle of life that has five moments: Good Friday, when life is lost; Easter, when new life is received; Forty Days, when the disciples adjusted to a new presence of Jesus; Ascension, when the disciples let go … More Celebrating Pentecost

Festival of Homiletics 2020

Recent readings in ecological justice led me by a circuitous route to an online conference, sponsored by Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Called the Festival of Homiletics, the conference each year brings together teachers, preachers, and pastors from denominational and non-denominational churches across the country. This year’s theme is “Preaching a New Earth: Climate … More Festival of Homiletics 2020

Summer Reading List

My summer reading began early this year. In recent posts, I shared some of the books that inspired me. Now, I am compiling my next round of reading. Of these, one I finished this week, two I expect in today’s mail, one is on a waiting list with the bookstore, and one I will order … More Summer Reading List

More Than Enough

Through what is most ordinary and human, we can find and offer extraordinary healing. It may not be dramatic, but it is more than enough.  (Kevin O’Brien, SJ, President, Santa Clara University)

God Thirsts

God thirsts for the talents I have, large and small. What I am needs to flow, to be carried to places I cannot imagine, satisfying the thirst of Christ’s Body with the gifts he has given me. (Michelle Francl-Donnay, chemistry professor and spiritual writer)

Small Things

Practice believing in the potential of small things. Small hopes, small dreams, and small efforts are not insignificant. (Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, The Flowing Grace of Now, 2019)

Unnecessary Baggage

By gate-checking resentment, anger, hurt, and other unnecessary baggage, we move through life in nimble fashion, willing to give ourselves over to God’s plans rather than our own. (Kathy Hendricks, spiritual writer)

Prayer

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. But I know how to pay attention . . . (Mary Oliver, The Summer Day)