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Sacred Everyday
June 1, 2018

IT’S ABOUT TIME

It’s about the who, what, where, and why of Time, otherwise known as the Here and Now. Like Gulliver I too could be accused by the Lilliputians of idolizing my watch. Now it displays not only the time but my Calendar and my sacred To Do List and that’s even better. My dad’s big advice […]

May 30, 2018

Faith in Real Time

In this chapter of Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren writes about the ways of waiting by using traffic as an illustration. She says how, when we’re stuck in traffic on I-5 or 217, we are best reflecting our embodiment as people of faith—we’re on a journey to somewhere, with no control over God’s […]

May 30, 2018

A Week Without Email

A week in the woods is good for my soul. I look forward to my annual May camping trip and this year did not disappoint. This year had an extra interesting wrinkle. The Sunday before I left on the trip, I gave a short homily about email entitled, “too much of a good thing”. (It […]

May 27, 2018

The “therefore, go”-ness of it all

It was late spring last year, around this time maybe, and I happened to be at one of those proverbial crossroads in life. If we can stay in metaphor-land for a minute, I had limped and scratched and scrabbled my way to that crossroads and l couldn’t seem to make it any further but plopped […]

May 25, 2018

Finding the Divine in the descent towards Nihilism.

I don’t know what it is about the season of life that I feel is just beginning to blossom before me, but I feel unusually drawn to a sarcastic and seemingly nihilistic outlook to much of life. The odd thing about this, is that I feel like feeling this is truer to myself, than the […]

May 23, 2018

HELP

I was six in 1960 when my baby was born. Oops! I mean when my mother’s baby was born. I am told that I wanted to “take over”. Remembering back as far as I can, I hear a little girl responding, “Someone has to”. My parents were never fully organized for a brood of five. […]

May 22, 2018

Practicing Presence

This week’s chapter about email, blessing, and sending reminded me of my favorite saint and mystic—Brother Lawrence. Born in the seventeenth century in France, Brother Lawrence was a Benedictine monk who lived and worked in a monastery in the kitchen and as a sandal maker for most of his life after sustaining an injury in […]

May 22, 2018

Ora et Labora and the Inbox

email.   Finally a subject I am a verified consultant level expert on — I have written articles and taught classes on managing your Inbox effectively.  But, Tish Harrison Warren is one of the many people who would find my advice and counsel less than helpful.  Her chapter on how she finds it unpleasant when opening her […]

May 19, 2018

PEACEVERYWHERE

A bookstore (not just any bookstore…one with a good news stand) is where I feel the “Peace of the city” that Jeremiah mentions in 29.7. And yet, it’s in the bookstore where I come face to face with my responsibilities; the ones of which I fall short: curiosity, activism. My bumper sticker says “FREADOM”. If […]

May 16, 2018

Confessions of a Peacefaker

I like to think that I’m a “peacemaker.” I live my life in hopes of creating and keeping peaceful, beautiful, sacred spaces for and around my relationships. I want to make people feel safe to speak with me—to share their stories and lives. I want to be an empathetic listener, for I believe that it […]

May 15, 2018

Passing the Peace and Slamming the doors

Our bedroom door in our last house, the house where we raised our girls to adulthood, had cracks shivering up the plaster.  Those cracks came from a particularly furious fight between my  wife and me.  I don’t remember the specifics but given the timeframe, I’m sure it was about how were we going to pay […]

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