Perennial Wisdom

As I press on my journey, I find myself caught between not fitting comfortably into a given tradition and feeling connected to many traditions. My path seems to be as a Christian, carrying the backpack with a brand name of  Roman Catholic. The road is a winding one...

Lessons from odd places

I know I have a problem -- I like to play versions of Angry Birds, Candy Crush and Words with Friends. I can get absorbed. I can use it to back off from the world (I'm a bit of an introvert and sometimes I do need to retreat). That said, there are lessons to be...

Connections

Today's "aha!"comes from a January reflection from CAC ...One of the most familiar of Jesus’ teachings is “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:39). But we almost always hear that wrong: “Love your neighbor as much as yourself.” (And of course, the...

The Comma: Being and Doing

I read the numbers and understand that so many of my generation, and even more of those who follow behind, no longer attend church or ascribe to a particular faith. I, myself, while still attending mass on a regular basis, find that I feel estranged in many ways from...

2019 — Looking Back, Looking Forward

Note: I don't really expect anyone to wade through this long, rambling look at events in my life. I just need to write it so as to better see where I am. My goal is to be in the present moment. But, sometimes life (and Facebook) pull up the past and tripper me to...

Leaving God for God

Today's thought is brief, but incredibly deep and penetrating:  Leave God for God. Let go of the the God I know, in order to know the God that is. If I can comprehend God, that's not the full picture. It's all so overwhelming. It makes me understand the "fear of the...

Is a bit of secrecy “a good thing”?

Yesterday's Gospel reading made me think. It enlightened me about a couple of "Bible Stories" I remember from childhood. And it shone a light on some things I have experienced. From the USCCB version: Luke 3,10-18. And the crowds asked John the Baptist, "What then...

Post Election Blues

I'm so ready to just ditch paying attention to politics and government. I'm like to go down to the beach and just let my concerns and fears just wash away. However, that would, in many ways just be a way of bowing out of loving the world. And, I feel called to love...

Belly of the whale

Jesus says, “There’s only one sign I’m going to give you: the sign of the prophet Jonah” (see Luke 11:29; Matthew 12:39, 16:4). Sooner or later, life is going to lead us (as it did Jesus) into the belly of the beast, into a place we can’t fix, control, explain, or...

The Life that wants to live in me

A couple of days ago, the daily reflection from CAC (Richard Rohr and crew) included the following: Parker Palmer, a Quaker teacher and activist whom I deeply trust, reflects on his own “further journey”: [There are] moments when it is clear—if I have the eyes to...