this is HARD

Guest blogger Jerica Arents This Lent has been, for me, a choir of resounding “no’s”.  As part of a Catholic Worker community, we try hard to live in more radical ways, attempting to fashion our internal dialogue in patterns that deliberately put first the poor and the planet.  And, along with my six housemates, IContinue reading “this is HARD”

hot desert heartache

It’s confusing in this lenten desert. It’s not my home, but yet here I am.  It’s hot, bare and dirty.  My desire for lenten thirst and contemplation drew me here, but now I don’t know what to do with myself.  The creatures are unfamiliar, the thorns scare me.  I don’t even know how to sit comfortably. Continue reading “hot desert heartache”

Coloring outside the lines

Guest blogger: Elizabeth Diedrich Scripture reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Lent Scripture Readings: 1 Samual 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b-6; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath.” Throughout the Gospels, Jesus maintains a continual conversation with the religious leaders of his day.Continue reading “Coloring outside the lines”

freely united lenten grumbling

In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?” So Moses cried out to the LORD, “What shall I do with this people? a little moreContinue reading “freely united lenten grumbling”

when eating bites

Bad news: people are starving to death; 16,000 children die every day from hunger-related causes. Good news: God has mercy and God is helping us!  We are being preserved in spite of famine, scripture says. Upright is the word of the LORD, and all his works are trustworthy. He loves justice and right; of theContinue reading “when eating bites”

broken together

I recently came across this video and thought that it was profound and worth sharing. I haven’t read the book that it features, so I am not necessarily endorsing it or anything.  I simply believe that the video fits with the spirit of Messy Jesus Business and our journey through Lent.  Plus, it’s beautiful. ForContinue reading “broken together”

ashen renewal

I am excited to celebrate life; Lent is here and it’s such a good time.  I am totally pumped to grow and learn.  A little while ago, while working in our “Loving God” unit, my students and I discussed how sacrifice is an essential element of Christian living. Personally, I am ready to give upContinue reading “ashen renewal”

Born-Again Christmas

diversity of light energizes and zaps seeds sprout into enlightened silence presence powers pulls and dances no crushing yet broken cracks allow deep justice purity color and joy to be birthed from a still, fire-y womb-like tomb Truth flows and merges into one. may it be done. (Kingdom has come!) MERRY CHRISTMAS, dear readers! MayContinue reading “Born-Again Christmas”

the disturbing, poor baby Jesus

Pop Quiz!  This is a question from a test I recently gave my Peace and Justice students.  See if you can get it right! The answer will be at the end of this post, in case you’re not really sure. Advent is a season of waiting. This year, I keep asking God what I’m waitingContinue reading “the disturbing, poor baby Jesus”

preparing, minus materialism

Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must beContinue reading “preparing, minus materialism”