Lent’s inevitable disappointment and the constant turn to God

Praying with Fr. James’ Martin SJ’s Examen app recently, I heard the words, “Lent is drawing to a close. For Christians, that means not only is there some anticipation for the celebration of Easter, but also some inevitable disappointment about your Lenten spiritual practices …” “Inevitable disappointment.” The words froze me still. And completely validatedContinue reading “Lent’s inevitable disappointment and the constant turn to God”

So naive

“It [grace] strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection of life does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and courage.” ~ Paul Tillich, “You Are Accepted” You have to be pretty naive to be a Christian in today’s world. ThisContinue reading “So naive”

Anticipation and Ashes

  tomorrow, everywhere: next to strangers friends, neighbors   We form lines.   around blocks down church aisles arise and admit we sin, we suck we need more than good luck   We need God.   Love marks black truth creased skin   We all are part dirt.   for 40 days, commit to fast, to stripContinue reading “Anticipation and Ashes”