Counting the Stars

Last Saturday, the Perseid meteor shower was at its peak. Lying in the backyard right around midnight, I struggled with needing to focus on one piece of the sky. I was constantly tempted to look someplace else, that maybe the next falling star would be over here, or over there, or wait, maybe I have a better...

Music With a Message

I love classic rock and roll. One of my favorite artists is Stevie Nicks, with and without Fleetwood Mac. Recently I went to an outdoor concert to watch her perform live. Packed in with 14,000 other people, I waited in anticipation, knowing she would deliver not only great music but great entertainment. The...

Simple, Beautiful Love

Simplicity is a hallmark of Franciscan living and spirituality, and during my pilgrimage to Assisi, I became aware of the prayer—and perhaps the act—that illustrates that most clearly for me. Our group visited LaVerna, a mountaintop sanctuary to which Francis retreated for solitude six times. It was at...

‘I Hope You Dance’

A dear friend and coworker of my husband died yesterday. Her name is Marcia. If you pronounced her name as you would that of the oldest daughter in the Brady Bunch, let’s go back and get it right. She pronounced it Mar-CEE-a. She wasn’t Catholic, but she sure was a strong Christian—an inspiration to...

THERE YOU ARE!

Does prayer sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world? If I’m going to talk to God, I feel like I should know what to say. I need to get it right, to say things that make sense and sound halfway intelligent. After all, this is God—the Creator of all that is!—I’m talking to. Of...

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