Lent Always Finds Me

Every year, I put together a stack of spiritual reading, bookmark an online retreat or two, and refresh my Liturgy of the Hours app. I eagerly await Ash Wednesday and anticipate the wonderfully enriching Lent I’m going to have this year. Sometime in the first full week my enthusiasm gets buried beneath...

Sunshine and Shadow

Lent encourages us to take time apart from the everyday demands to listen to what God might be asking of us. Even people who don’t seem overtly religious understand some level of Lent’s demands. The transfiguration reminds us that Lent is a time of purification, a time of going beyond our limitations. We...

A Little Touch of Spring

We’re back to cold temperatures here in Cincinnati this week, but last week we had a burst of warm, windy weather that gave everyone a little extra energy after a snowy slog through winter. I did several loads of laundry and squelched through the mud to hang sheets on the line. I don’t have a...

Face the Shadows

February 2 is the much-ballyhooed Groundhog Day. In Wisconsin, where I grew up, if we got to see spring six weeks from this date (which is, in fact, the first day of spring on the calendar), it was an early spring indeed, terrified rodent or not. That groundhog afraid of his shadow might be a good mascot for...

The Grace of the Moment

One of my favorite places to hang out is the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Last week, the Harding University choir was visiting the city from Arkansas and stopped by the zoo. They noticed the acoustics in the reptile house and decided to hold an impromptu concert. I saw the video on Facebook and it...

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