I am not going to try to explain lent, or suggest what to give up or take on. There are so many lenten resources out there, there is no need for me to add one. I will, however, offer my opinion as to what lent is NOT: Lent is not a time to torture yourself. … Continue reading What Lent Is NOT
Another shooting, this time it’s a school in Parkland Florida. There have been many school shootings, just as there have been movie theater shootings, baseball field shootings, concert shootings, and on and on…… I have always gotten a little upset by those who criticize people who send their ‘thoughts and prayers,’ but in a way … Continue reading When is it going to be enough?
Happy National Popcorn Day! Here are my options: I can either stay a hard shelled kernel or I can explode into the world. When hard times come, and they always do, I withdraw, pull into myself and not let anyone in. I become so hardened that change is impossible. Nothing comes in, nothing goes … Continue reading Stay a kernel or pop
So there is a story in the Gospels talks about Jesus going to a town called Nain. As He was approaching the town, He saw a dead body being carried out, ‘the only son of a widowed mother.’ When He saw her, ‘his heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.” He was … Continue reading The Land of Tears
Lately I’ve been having conversations with my Deity asking why the requests I’ve been asking for aren’t being done! They’re good things, really, helping others, healing others, things not even for myself, but for those I love. Things that I certainly would do if I had the power! And then I find this: Magic is when … Continue reading Magic vs. Religion
‘The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” (Thomas Merton) Oh, this is a really tough one, especially because I think that most of the time we don’t … Continue reading My Reflection in Others
(1 Saumel 3) 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and … Continue reading Hearing The Call