Psalm 20

The psalmist addresses the king and prays that he will be victorious in battle.  In verse 7 he is called “the anointed (messiah) of the LORD” and in verse 10 he is called “king.”  We think immediately of the promises made to David and his descendants in the Second Book of Samuel, chapter 7, and the...

Still Me . . . 25 Years Later

I attended my 25-year college reunion this past weekend. My husband, a graduate of a different university, was a real trooper and went with me. As I process the experience—and catch up on missed sleep—I see that the essence of who I was then is still at the heart of who I am today. As a high school...

The Beastie Boys: Spiritual Savants?

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys died of cancer on May 4, and I have listened to the album “Paul’s Boutique” every single day since then. Every. Single. Day. A friend gave me this CD sometime around 1997, but I’d never really “gotten” it. When Yauch, whose stage name was...

Believers’ Church

The term “cradle Catholics” usually denotes those who were baptized in infancy and raised in the Catholic faith of their parents. I am a “cradle Catholic.” I was baptized a week after my birth, learned my prayers at home, went to church with my parents and siblings every Sunday and attended our...

What Do You Do?

Every day we encounter individuals in need of something: food, shelter, money, jobs, health. A lot of times they approach us, asking for help...what do you do? In his eschatological discourse, Jesus says: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you...

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