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)


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

Being Bread

Be the one who, when you walk in, Blessing shifts to the one who needs it most. Even if you’ve not been fed, Be Bread. (Rumi, 13th-century Persian poet and mystic)

Extravagant Joy

We are called to give joy extravagantly, even to the point of impracticality. . . We simply offer what we can and are delighted in the new life that grows, even if it is incomplete or imperfect. (Michelle Francl-Donnay, chemistry professor and spiritual writer)

Mission of Love

God engages each of us personally, knows our efforts and failings, laughs and cries with us, and sends us forth to play our unique part in his mission of love. (Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services)