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December 3, 2019


If you find yourself overwhelmed today, if you are tempted to despair because of the circumstances of your life or the state of the world, lift up your eyes and fix them on God. Trust in the goodness and mercy of God. Strengthen your resolve to oppose violence i...

December 2, 2019

     For any of you who have been following The Way of Love proposed and nurtured by Bishop Michael Curry and the Episcopal Church, this Advent Calendar might be of interest. Each day suggests a small task based on the various disciplines of the way of love. 


November 14, 2019

     In his meditation this morning, Brother Curtis Almquist from SSJE says, 

"Philonexia becomes the New Testament norm for hospitality. We must welcome the stranger so that the stranger is no longer strange to us."

Philonexia is a Greek word, a feminine...

November 3, 2019

Psalm 149

Let them praise his name with dancing,
    making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.

Reading this psalm made me smile and reminded me of this song. On this day when we remember all the Saints and saints of our lives, may we sing and dance an...

November 1, 2019

In many nations All Saints’ Day, November 1, and All Souls’ Day, November 2, are treated like a single holiday. In Guatemala, the indigenous villagers of Todos Santos (“All Saints”) honor the dead for three days starting October 31. Families pay homage by decorating th...

October 30, 2019

Tune our spirits, Lord: to sing out with the sky. 

This line across the top of my Sacred Ordinary Days journal this morning struck me. How are our spirits tuned? 

According to the great cyberspace encyclopedia Wikipedia: 

Piano tuning is the act of adjusting the tension o...

October 27, 2019

You are not your gender, your nationality, your ethnicity, your skin color, or your social class. These are not qualities of the True Self in God. Why, oh why, do Christians allow temporary costumes, or what Thomas Merton called the “false self,” to pass for the substa...

October 18, 2019



1. denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing.

     Not being a city girl, I am unaccustomed to "ubering." Thus when I get in a car with a stranger for a ride in a strange city I am a bit apprehensive. So all I know...

September 29, 2019

Luke 16. 19 - 31

Jesus said, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table...

September 26, 2019

Matthew 6. 1 - 6, 16 - 18

But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

     I have talked about the movie War Room here before, but today's gospel readin...

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