Church, Family, Great Cloud of Witnesses, Quotes

One Part of the Body

This one time I had cancer. There was a particular part of my body that was being attacked. My M.O. as regards my own health, especially at the time, was usually to let things run their course. I would usually try to eat more or less healthily, I worked out occasionally. I preferred to avoid… Continue reading One Part of the Body

Family, Miscellaneous and Probably Apologetic

Deathbed Confession

Less than a week ago I was preaching about how Jesus Christ conquered death and how that in fact has changed everything--both in the here and now, and in the not yet. The next morning I had my dog euthanized. I still believe every word I said on Sunday, but the fact that a whole… Continue reading Deathbed Confession

Family

The Expected Unexpected

Earlier this year, I was all excited about life-trellises, or rules of life. I was excited because life was finally getting manageable; I had two jobs (church and this here Pilgrimage) and they were both finally fitting into the appropriate number of activities for the appropriate number of hours and people were still being cared… Continue reading The Expected Unexpected

Family, Great Cloud of Witnesses, OSFGroup Reflections, questions

First World … Formation

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you... (1 Peter 4:12) Sometimes, if they seem open to the idea, I suggest to people that God doesn't ask us to go through the sorts of things He wasn't (isn't?) willing to go through Himself. He became a human being for that very purpose. And He… Continue reading First World … Formation

Family, Great Cloud of Witnesses

Full of Light

My grandmother died a week ago Friday. She was the last of my grandparents to go, the last of her siblings, and it feels, in some ways, the last of her generation (except for many of my hospice patients, of course). I mean, They don't make people like her anymore. Today was her funeral. It… Continue reading Full of Light