I have no business writing when I need to be packing, preparing, paying bills, picking up prescriptions, cleaning house, and washing laundry, readying myself and the family for me to leave town. These are very drafty thoughts on aging parents, ailing friends, launching teenagers, and being human. Love and Mortality in the Middle Years Our […]
How to Love a Drunk When you’re an alcoholic you get to tell your story and admit to your illness at the oddest moments. There is usually no time to prepare emotionally or to get the words just right. What comes is what comes. I actually enjoy these unrehearsed moments. The questions I’m asked push […]
Rilke says to celebrate the questions. 1. A truth has circled me like a persistent fly, zooming in close and then away again. When I stare straight at it, it becomes momentarily clear. Then suddenly it’s gone disappearing into thin air. The truth hurts almost as much as my perception of my Being Broken has wounded me, at […]
Hi, After having this blog for six and half years, I’m finally reorganizing. WordPress sends their congratulations. I take the time to go back and look and my first post was 2008, October. If that’s true then I’ve been sober six and a half years. Hooray! Today I accidentally sent an empty page to you. Sorry for […]
be Light. God spoke and said: be Light. and whether we wanted it, when we are trying the least to be we are Light. from inside us comes creative acts, audaciously arranging the Light, into words that move stone mountains, dances that soar, minds transformed, images breaking hearts open crushing the death within, chords shifting […]
These words have leaked out of me, like tears trickling down the crevices of my heart. It’s been an all-consuming few weeks. I owe friends updates, but it feels as if there’s no space for conversation when I’m taking in heaving breaths of air just to survive and dodging sorrow’s persistent arrows. At the same time. Time is in such […]
I. In The Wilderness of My Spiritual Doubts The pull on the soul between belief and disbelief has been the root of much of my spiritual doubt; that I cannot prove my faith, even to myself. This frequent disbelief and self-hatred are two among the many causes for me to hesitate to share my faith […]
My first Lenten post is here. These are the indiscriminate observations from days one and two. Often, I allow dailiness of life to flood in, the tyranny of the urgent family agenda turning me half brain-dead. Just do the next thing, if grumpily. In The Sign of Jonas, Merton says: “I ought to know, by now, […]
1. I want to radiate Light in a worn-out world. I want to face others with joy and eagerness. Glad to share life with one another. Life feels less weighty and onerous, when we are vulnerable with One Another. We all need community. I long for it, then I open my mouth. I always seem to be […]
I. I didn’t grow up observing Lent. Perhaps this is your story too. Over time I have come to believe that Lent is an extended awareness and a reminder that life isn’t only about Me and Mine. The word Lent is old English meaning to lengthen. It comes in the spring as the days begin to stretch and […]
Don’t lose any opportunity, however small, of being gentle toward everyone.
Don’t rely on your own efforts to succeed in your various undertakings, but only on God’s help.
Then rest in his care of you, confident that he will do what is best for you, provided that you will, for your part, work diligently but gently. I say “gently” because a tense diligence is harmful both to our heart and to our task and is not really diligence, but rather over eagerness and anxiety…
I recommend you to God’s mercy. I beg him, through that same mercy, to fill you with his love. — Francis de Sales.
This isn’t my usual type of post. I have some thoughts ruminating into a slow boil. Aching about justice & the Stand Your Ground law and being white and privileged. A response. But I need more time to mull. I finished the article on loving a drunk for Today’s Christian Woman. Ahem, I know. I’m not a likely writer for […]