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To thee all angels cry aloud.

I met a man recently whose bangs and forehead were laced with a silvery dust.  At first glance, you might think he’d been sprinkled with fairy dust or brushed by the wings of an angel.  But such benevolent thoughts are … Continue reading

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Withholding nothing.

In my early twenties, I dropped a rock that I fully intended to carry with me to the grave.  On this particular evening, I was riding around in my beater car (the “Red Rocket”) with one of my friends. Suddenly … Continue reading

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Between jobs.

We get so used to the way we expect things to look that we often are unable to see how they actually are.  At times, we get so used to how we expect God to behave that we are unable … Continue reading

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Unbreakable.

Recently a stranger from another continent tweeted me, troubled by something someone had told him: that the Bible says to not eat pork (and some other statement I can’t remember now).  I responded that the Bible is chockfull of all … Continue reading

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Stand tall.

Today is the first in a series of Women’s Spiritual Journaling gatherings at a local shelter.  For me, this represents an exciting, new ministry – and also vulnerability.  To show up and report for duty, as I have been taught.  … Continue reading

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“Live what you express.”

This quote comes from a sermon by St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.[1]  Sounds a lot like an expression commonly heard in 12 step communities: You can’t just talk the talk and expect to get anywhere – you’ve got to walk … Continue reading

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The way home.

This afternoon, we have a little down time on our pilgrimage. A number of folks have headed out to various walking destinations in Jerusalem. I have opted to spend some quiet time in my ‘cell.’ In part, this is due … Continue reading

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The only way out.

“The only way out is through.”  These wise words were spoken to me some three decades ago, during my initiation into a way of life based on the 12 steps of recovery.  The friend who shared this wisdom was communicating … Continue reading

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With a leap, a whistle and a fart.

With a leap, a whistle and a fart. These words are borrowed from Holy Fools & Mad Hatters by Catholic priest and contemplative Edward Hays.  My dear friend Betsy gifted me with this book as I headed off to divinity school … Continue reading

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Radical unprotectedness.

Earlier this week, as I was fishing for information on St. Francis of Assisi, I came across a phrase attributed to Simon Tugwell, who describes Franciscan spirituality as “a way of radical unprotectedness.” The meaning of “unprotectedness” seemed obvious to … Continue reading

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