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On the Road: San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Posted by admin on August 28, 2015 at 8:18 am

Before even leaving for our trip to New Mexico, I knew one of our stops would be the majestic and oft-photographed San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church just outside of Taos.

The Creative Spirit: Working from Memory

Posted by admin on May 31, 2015 at 9:39 am

When we give ourselves some time and some promptings to remember, we can recall images and stories, and stories and images can change lives, can turn people toward God who waits for our turning. For most of us, these stories and pictures speak louder than proclamations.

Today’s Word: Connection

Posted by admin on December 22, 2013 at 9:01 am

The Christmas story is both human and divine, and the divine lies in the “why” of the story. If we cannot fully understand the why, perhaps we can at least kneel in its presence, recognizing the holy — somehow — when we see it.

Today’s Word: Dwelling

Posted by admin on November 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Our dwelling place is in God and God’s in us. We fit perfectly together, rooted in love, a communion carved of one piece and clinging inseparably together through time.

Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?

Posted by admin on January 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Walking through cemeteries, I have learned over the years, is a lesson in awareness. We are reminded, of course, that we are dust and to dust we shall return. But we also learn the power of quiet, of stillness, of non-busyness. It’s hard to hurry through a graveyard, and why would we want to?

On the Road: To stand and receive where JFK was laid

Posted by admin on October 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm

We all need a place to pray with others who share our faith or just to be alone with our thoughts and our God. Washington, D.C. has many such places for believers of every kind. And with the weight of the nation and the world on the shoulders of so many of these men and women, it’s a good thing.

On the Road: Discovering Missouri’s 19th-century German communities of faith

Posted by admin on August 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Someone hoped that 150 years later these walls would still be standing, echoing back the prayers and songs and sacraments of a community of faith. To stand outside the walls and consider the baptisms and first communions and weddings and funerals is to see the history of an entire community in one cold-stone place. It’s imperfect, like so many places. But it is sacred ground. I can feel it.

Mike Eruzione on Fatherhood and Miracles

Posted by admin on July 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Chicago for a professional meeting of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, where one of the scheduled speakers was Mike Eruzione. Please tell me you know who Mike Eruzione is. Please…
Okay, I realize that not everyone is a sports fan, but Eruzione played a [...]

Want to hear a good story? Listen to your elders…

Posted by admin on May 31, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Out on the beach today, I saw an old guy sitting in a wheelchair, staring out at the surging ocean. The waves off Daytona Beach were crashing loudly just 50 feet out, but by the time they reached the wheels of his chair they were just harmless bubbles and foam. He sat there for some [...]

The Spirit of a Piece of Land: Nearer My God to Thee

Posted by admin on October 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm

The point is this: We don’t really own the land. We are given the blessing of calling bits and pieces of it “home” for a while, but it belongs to the creator and to the lives of all who have touched it and worked it and walked it over the years.