Great Cloud of Witnesses

Why I Need Spiritual Direction and You Might, Too

I got a new spiritual director this week. Life circumstances for both of us had, a couple of years ago, conspired such that my original director and I had to amicably end our "direction relationship." The next director and I already had a pre-existing friendship which, while lifegiving in many other important ways, did kind… Continue reading Why I Need Spiritual Direction and You Might, Too

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

Church, Current Events, Great Cloud of Witnesses, The Word

The Right Answer

One of my former pastors--who helped ordain me to the position in which I currently serve, a year ago this week--posted this graphic this morning: Despite what you might think based on social media (which we all know is so truthful and representative) the last thing the majority of pastors here want is harm to… Continue reading The Right Answer

Great Cloud of Witnesses, Seasonal

Magnificat

I met with my spiritual director last week and in the course of our conversation, she said, "I wonder if you would consider...I think we did this together when we were in London, too...writing a Magnificat. You know, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for...' You write the… Continue reading Magnificat

Books, Great Cloud of Witnesses, Quotes, Seasonal, The Word

Irrational?

There are three women who, unbeknownst to them (and not totally consciously to me either, until recently) inspired the writing of Favored One, and exactly this year--the year I decided to publish the novel of the woman chosen to physically bear the Word of God in her body, and the year I became a differently… Continue reading Irrational?

Church, Great Cloud of Witnesses

Shop Talk

My husband works this job which I'm now able to describe on a basic level to cursory enquirers, but I would have not the faintest clue how to do any of what he does. When I overhear him talking on the phone to colleagues or the guys he manages or clients, I hear words that… Continue reading Shop Talk

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