being hot water, not lukewarm or otherwise

On the bus this morning I had a conversation with a neighbor.  I heard her vent about having children. I listened and then acknowledged the challenge of working with anyone who is still seeking his or her identity. “I know what you mean,” she said. “I didn’t know what my identity was when I was a teenager,Continue reading “being hot water, not lukewarm or otherwise”

trusting the sequoia seeds

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” ThenContinue reading “trusting the sequoia seeds”

corn syrup, oil and pizza: commercials for the socially conscious

Jesus asks us to pray a lot and build the kingdom of God by connecting with poverty in ourselves and others.  It’s a messy challenge, especially in our technology-centric culture. To really follow Jesus freely, then we need to shift away from the internet clouds and webs and connect in reality.  But what are weContinue reading “corn syrup, oil and pizza: commercials for the socially conscious”


Posted by guest blogger, Sister Sarah Hennessey My dad taught me the subtle art of segues.  As a child I would sit in his lap and watch him transition smoothly from one song to another as a volunteer radio disc jockey.  Sliding the controls with his strong hands brought the rhythms of one jazzy beatContinue reading “Segues”

Happy (Belated) Christian New Year

I have a few thoughts to ring around the kingdom come today, as 2011 is here. Celebrating the secular New Year has always felt bizarre to me. Besides the 4th of July New Year’s Eve/Day is actually my least favorite holiday. It always makes me unsure what to do with myself.  I want to mock: Continue reading “Happy (Belated) Christian New Year”

Joseph’s dreams and the meaning of life

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and hisContinue reading “Joseph’s dreams and the meaning of life”

love and the toxic dumps

This gospel life is all about love. Lately, as I’ve journeyed with suffering, I have been convinced that love is the most powerful force in the universe.  I am not a scientist, but I am certain that it is a fact. Evidently it’s my nature to be empathetic.  It may sound nice, but I assureContinue reading “love and the toxic dumps”

Yo Soy Una Guadalupana (I Am A Guadalupana)

Posted by guest blogger, Sister Sarah Hennessey A Story of Marta “I’m nervous because I’m here illegally.” Marta held out her arm for a blood pressure check. The nurse in the free clinic and I quickly reassured her that everything was confidential and she had nothing to fear. Marta continued, “I’m nervous because I am illegalContinue reading “Yo Soy Una Guadalupana (I Am A Guadalupana)”

an advent day

The sky cracked open and with a boom, a crack and a caress Truth came to. In a hushed corner of the universe, the corner of that one woman’s soul, a spark ignites. She lifts up her gaze and holds her breath sensing something on its way. Beyond the frost on the winter glass, beyondContinue reading “an advent day”

royal hype

Jesus is King, the scriptures say. We celebrated this at church last Sunday because it was the Feast of Christ the King.  As I prayed and contemplated, I wondered if the feast day matters more to the Christians who live in modern monarchies than me, an American who only knows about human kings from whatContinue reading “royal hype”