Holiness is messy: “Gaudete et Exsultate” highlights

On Sunday, I stood in a Church parking lot with about a dozen teenagers preparing for confirmation. I held a pile of paper plates under my arm, a black marker in my hand. The youth all stood behind a line, listening to me as I described their task: moving as a team to another lineContinue reading “Holiness is messy: “Gaudete et Exsultate” highlights”

Blessed Oscar Romero and Sister Antona

I am proud that several sisters in my community have served in El Salvador. In fact, some of them acquainted as friends with the American church women who were martyred in 1980 during the Civil War. The sisters in my community who were in El Salvador were ordered to return to the United States inContinue reading “Blessed Oscar Romero and Sister Antona”

a holy man, a graduation, and a NATO protest

Yesterday I met one of my heroes.  Father Louis Vitale is a model peacemaker and Franciscan.  He received an honorary doctorate in ministry from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Fr. Louis’ accomplishments include many actions of non-violent advocacy, education, and much contemplation about the goodness of God.  He has spent two years in jail for actionsContinue reading “a holy man, a graduation, and a NATO protest”

all the elements

    elementary         candles burning, wooden table: smoke, dust, gas, wind, heat, wax, light, flame, smell, hear bread and wine: solid, liquid, food, drink, taste cups, plates: stone, cold, earth, clay, art, see wet feet: blood, dirt, mess, water, mud, touch         secondary         mixedContinue reading “all the elements”