Re-visiting Prayer

Listening to the interviews with George Floyd’s family, friends and witnesses  in Minneapolis after the guilty verdict in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin, I was touched by how often prayer was part of the conversation.  A civil rights activist was...

Easter Joy Amidst Uncertainty

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your...

HOPE

Hope is an interesting concept.  We use it nearly everyday, “I hope things will work out”, “hope you get well”, hope we make it there on time”, hope we have enough money in the bank”, “hope we sell our house quickly”, “hope I get my vaccine soon”, “I hope my...

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...