I have been exchanging emails with a good friend who is suffering through a difficult time just now. In her most recent email, she thanked me and said she felt “accompanied.” Her statement touched upon a concept that I learned only in the last few years: accompaniment. Merriam-Webster defines accompaniment as: 1) (music) an instrumental … More Accompaniment
In the past week, newspapers, television magazines, entertainment shows, and other media outlets have been reviewing the events of 2016 — the good, the bad, and the ugly. The home page for MIT is highlighting the “best” research of the past year. In that same vein, I would like to share my “Best of 2016”. … More Best of 2016
As you know, I have been reading and blogging a lot this summer about the intersection of spirituality, science, ecology, and our responsibility to care for creation. This reading and writing has made me more sensitive to environmental issues in the news. Sadly, some of this news does not make national headlines and news broadcasts. … More Collateral Damage
I am waiting for a flight that will return me to Florida, a place I now call home. It’s confusing in that I am leaving a place that I called home for 43 years. When people ask me where I am from, I often distinguish between where I am from and where I live, depending … More The Place We Call Home
Sometimes, you just need a little folly in your life! With so many reasons of late to be sad, frightened, and worried, it is good to take a break to enjoy the company and laughter of friends. We had such a time this week at the church where I work. When I say folly, I … More A Time for Folly
Apologies! The photographs have disappeared! To add images to a post, the photographs are posted and stored in a media library. I have been blogging for nearly a year now and I thought I would “clean up” the media library. When I deleted (all) the images from the library, they were deleted from the posts … More Big Mistake!
For the past few weeks, we have been reading and discussing Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) at my church. In the first session, we examined what is happening to our earth, e.g., pollution, climate change, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, the breakdown of society. Next, we looked at … More Ecological Conversion
Dear Friends, I am borrowing the words of St. Paul to his good friends in Phillipi as my greeting to you: Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am … More Merry Christmas!
Harvest festivals thanking God for favors received are common among all cultures and religions. Ritual feasts of thanksgiving to Yahweh were a vital part of the Israelite religion, which had two thanksgiving festival periods, one in the spring and one in the fall. The Catholic Church has never had a feast dedicated to thanksgiving – … More Remembering and Thanking
Halloween is a time when we can put on masks and be someone else for a day. My grandniece is a pumpkin this year; my grandnephew is a monkey. They know it’s pretend, and they know who they really are. We have all had the experience of asking a toddler at the door, “Are you … More Halloween and Humility