Nothing to Lose

Most of us hold on tightly to nearly everything, from our car keys to our children and our professional reputations to our lives. Even when we think we’ve let go of material possessions, we still hold on to less tangible things. And we don’t realize how much this closes us off from others. Once...

“Mercy, mercy, looking for mercy”

One of the words Pope Francis uses over and over again is mercy. Every time I see a reference to his book The Church of Mercy, Peter Gabriel’s haunting song “Mercy Street: For Anne Sexton” starts playing in my head. The imagery in the music video makes clear the connection to Anne...

All Is Grace

The signs of God’s presence are around us all the time. Sometimes when I least expect — and certainly least deserve it — I am overwhelmed by an outpouring of grace in a collection of small, ordinary things. I’ve been feeling stressed, not sleeping well, not eating right, crying, snapping at...

“Return to Galilee”

On Easter Monday, I joked that I had a “liturgy hangover.” The Easter Triduum is one of my favorite times in the Church year. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, decorating our parish church, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday—the weekend becomes not three days but one continuous round of rest and activity....

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...

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