Kinship

Oct 14, 2019

Recently, I wrote about Father Gregory Boyle and his two books’[1] impact on my life. This week I want to write about his talk from August of this year in Charlotte.  Father Gregory’s point in all that he said was this: to judge is the opposite of kinship. Judgment separates, differentiates us from others, even […]

Those who can see and hear

Oct 07, 2019

Jesus spoke so often of those who could hear and see and those who couldn’t. I count 24 verses in the four Gospels echoing this theme. I am not so sure that we take to heart what He said. We think that we know what He means; we’ve heard the truth preached from the pulpit; […]

Healing Trauma

Sep 30, 2019

    In August of this year I heard Father Gregory Boyle speak in Charlotte about his work with gang members in East Los Angeles. For 35 years he has invited young men and women out of gangs into Homeboy and Homegirl Industries. He has written two books about his work, Tattoos on the Heart […]

Transitions

Sep 23, 2019

A move, a new job, a marriage, a major illness, the death of a loved one–any transition can throw us off-kilter with a need to reorient ourselves and adapt to some changes in our lives. If we look at each change/each transition as a passage through a birth canal or a bridge into a new […]

The Two Realms We Live IN

Sep 16, 2019

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is unseen is eternal” 2 Cor 4:18       We are caught between two realms, the world/ the culture we live in, and God’s kingdom. Until the day we die, as long as we live in this […]

The Church: The Body of Christ

Sep 09, 2019

The church of Jesus Christ is not a building, it is not a denomination; it is the body, all the believers who dedicate their lives to God, who live in the kingdom of God here on earth, who want to be part of the mind of Christ.[1] The apostle Paul describes how every part of […]

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

Sep 02, 2019

We can have all the knowledge in the world, we can know the Bible backwards and forward and not know anything in our hearts and souls, only in our minds. How are we to live what we know about Jesus’ teachings and the whole wisdom of the Bible? That takes a living, loving embrace of […]

Living in the Present Moment

Aug 26, 2019

  We live in an age of great anxiety and fear and dislocation of the basic principles of our democracy. If we are wise, we will allow that fear and anxiety and dislocation to bring us right to the present moment, to the presence of God in every moment, where He can reveal the joy […]

We Are Resurrection People

Aug 19, 2019

  When Jesus, after great agony in Gethsemane, stood up to the Temple officials, the Roman Governor, and all His accusers, faced His awful death and then rose again from the dead three days later, He set a pattern of life for us that we, His followers, still go through today. Although we may feel […]

The World Is Too Much With Us

Aug 12, 2019

  Truer words were never spoken or written: “The world is too much with us; late and soon,/Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers…”[1]  How could William Wordsworth who penned this sonnet around 1802 have known our world so well? We lay waste our powers– our attention, our truer selves, our purpose, our talents […]