Category Archives: 12-step spirituality

Sabbath time.

This weekend I carved out time I didn’t think I had. To spend time with dear friends, time breathing in salt air, eating fresh food and feeling the sand beneath my feet. It is an odd quirk of mine – … Continue reading

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The gift of the shadow of death.

This morning I saw my friend Abe for the first time in weeks. He looked bright-eyed and well-tended. As we spoke, I noticed a body brace peeking out from his windbreaker and asked him what had happened. “I got beaten … Continue reading

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Fully alive.

This sermon was offered this morning at San Jose Episcopal Church where I was blessed to preach and celebrate. (Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Cor 3:1-9; Matt 5:21-37) “Fully alive.” A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to meet … Continue reading

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Public trust.

This morning I woke up just after 4 a.m., with the words “public trust” clearly in mind.   I asked God what this was about and immediately my cousin Fred came to mind. Fred has a deep and abiding love for … Continue reading

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Love and company.

“Love and company,” said Bear, “are the adornments that change everything.” These are the words from a beloved dog, as imagined or otherwise interpreted by poet Mary Oliver (Dog Songs, p 13).  A simple statement — endearing and enduring — … Continue reading

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Fresh perspective.

This week I am blessed to be able to attend a CREDO conference for Episcopal clergy. We have already done a heap of pre-work, taking stock of physical, spiritual, emotional, vocational and financial health. (That’s some pretty comprehensive inventory-taking.) As … Continue reading

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Better late than never.

For a moment today, I was upset with myself for overlooking the Feast Day of St. Clare of Assisi (yesterday, August 11).  For Pete’s sake, this blog is named for Clare, about whom I became curious and to whom I found … Continue reading

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Banishing loneliness.

Lately I have been struggling with various forms of media, and more specifically with the amount of time I spend scanning online news, and social media feeds. Fortunately I think I am too old to “get” Twitter though I do … Continue reading

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Be truthful.

Be gentle. Be truthful. Be courageous. -Gandhi (by way of my friend Walter) Note: A “Google” search for this quote shows it most commonly written as “Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” However, Walter’s rendering (and his timing in sharing it) … Continue reading

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Be gentle.

Be gentle. Be truthful. Be courageous. -Gandhi (by way of my friend Walter) Note: A “Google” search for this quote shows it most commonly written as “Be truthful, gentle and fearless.” However, Walter’s rendering (and his timing in sharing it) … Continue reading

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