You Gotta Have Heart

Clever. Romantic. Funny. That’s the kind of blog I planned on posting today for Valentine’s Day. Instead, I am writing (and thinking and praying) about a guy named Jim who died unexpectedly on Sunday. Jim had a big heart. Literally. A right-sized heart Twelve years ago Jim was at the top of the list to...

Sunday Rituals

I like Sundays. For me, they are the one day of the week that is all about rituals—rituals sacred and ordinary. Since childhood, Sunday has meant eating a big breakfast at a leisurely pace while reading the Sunday comics. As an adult I’ve added watching “CBS Sunday Morning” to the breakfast ritual...

Step into the Nativity Scene

The first Christmas decoration to go up in my home every year is my beautiful all-white nativity scene designed by artist and sculptor Trina Paulus. I bought the 18-piece set from St. Francis Bookshop (then in business around the corner from Franciscan Media) when I moved out of my childhood home and into an...

A Two-Turkey Thanksgiving

When I stopped at the butcher shop this week, I told the butcher that I actually was picking up two turkeys for Thanksgiving: the 25-pound fresh bird that would feed our crowd of sixteen at Thanksgiving Day dinner and the 5-foot 11-inch friar accompanying me who had just arrived from Chicago. The butcher...

Serve your prayers in a bowl

One of the great blessings of working in a profession that allows me to meet many women and men of faith is that I often directly benefit from their wisdom and creativity when it comes to nurturing and enriching my spiritual life. One woman of faith who has become a dear friend and who inspires me every time...

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