Being a Compassionate Presence

I was reading Joyce Rupp’s book, Boundless Compassion, and in the introduction she says this book “extends an invitation to grow in the kind of love that motivated Jesus to be a compassionate presence. This requires being in touch with how we think, feel, and respond...

Approach with Compassion and Mercy

“This is not who we are” has been spoken numerous times since the attack on the Capitol.  In fact, what happened on January 6 is part of who we are as a nation.  This is important because we can only understand and change what is acknowledged.  My anger...

A Holy Emptiness

During this darkest time of the year, I’m sitting with a powerful poem that celebrates emptiness. Oblation     By Elizabeth B. Rooney I hope each day To offer less to You, Each day By Your great love to be Diminished Until at last I am So decreased...

Acts of Kindness

In the beautifully illustrated book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, Charlie Mackesyoffers wisdom for young and old alike. Sitting together on a tree branch, the mole asks the boy, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Kind,” said the boy. The pandemic...

Grief and the Holidays

“There is much I want to say, as if the saying could prepare you for this path, as if there is anything I could offer that would make your way less circuitous, more smooth….”  ~The Shimmering Hours  (Jan Richardson) The holidays ideally are a time of food and...

Pandemic Fatigue: A Practice that Helps

We are in the eighth month of living with a declared Pandemic in the United States!   By now we are well versed in the protocol; wear a mask, wash your hands, social distance and avoid indoor gatherings.  Even as we wear masks and stay safely at home,...