Lent in a pandemic

I’ve been inside since Wednesday afternoon.  It all started when a friend, who ministers in New York, texted me to say that someone in his parish was being tested for the coronavirus (or Covid-19) and everyone who attended liturgy with them could be quarantined. I was alarmed. I realized that the epidemic was no longerContinue reading “Lent in a pandemic”

Prayer beyond words

I was 10 when it happened. I fell in love with silence. I was looking for my own church. My mom would drop me off at places of worship for different denominations — Catholic, Presbyterian, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. I think I also went to the synagogue. I would attend a service and noContinue reading “Prayer beyond words”

Quaker lessons for a Catholic girl

I grew up as a Quaker in North Carolina. Now I am a Franciscan Sister in Wisconsin. You may think I have traded hush puppies for cheese curds and simple silence for complicated ritual. But actually I find God constantly holding me in love and light through them both. For me, there is more inContinue reading “Quaker lessons for a Catholic girl”

Silence: sacred and dangerous

Those who spare their words are truly knowledgeable, and those who are discreet are intelligent. Even fools, keeping silent, are considered wise; if they keep their lips closed, intelligent. – Proverbs 17:27-28 I am no stranger to silence. In fact, I love it and have often chose to lean into it. Silence is powerful andContinue reading “Silence: sacred and dangerous”

Holy Week Soundtrack

During this sacred week there are certain songs that, without fail, end up on repeat in my head. Perhaps you’re interested, as the music could enrich your Holy Week too. Palm Sunday “Hosana” from Jesus Christ Superstar Holy Thursday “Stay With Me” by the Taize community Good Friday “Were You There (When They Crucified MyContinue reading “Holy Week Soundtrack”

Praying to Slow so Silence may Swallow

In the time of now-and-not-yet tangled together, I pray that my final days of Advent anticipation shall slow down and seem more sacred. Poetry pours from my soul as I offer God this hope. Silence swallows by Julia Walsh, FSPA Silence swallows me. Holy is this invasion. Enter mystery. Evasion impossible. Listening lines lift upContinue reading “Praying to Slow so Silence may Swallow”

Street violence and holy darkness

This past Monday one of my former students was shot and killed on the streets of Chicago. Advent is a time of darkness.  Sometimes it is obvious to us that there’s a such thing as holy darkness. And, sometimes the darkness is so cold and heavy that it seems to swallow our hope. During Advent weContinue reading “Street violence and holy darkness”

still in God’s presence

Today marks 134 years of Perpetual Adoration in my community’s chapel. I am honored and amazed that I have had a small part in upholding this sacred tradition.  In the past year, I was also thrilled to play a role in the development of this book: I will never understand how Christ is present inContinue reading “still in God’s presence”