A Lenten Lesson from Traffic Court

On a cold, winter Saturday morning I drove around a curve and was hit smack in the eyes by the very bright sunrise.  I struggled to adjust to the light and saw that the upcoming light was green so I thought I was good to go.  What I failed to notice in the blinding sun was the car stopped at the green...

Weathering the Winter

This weekend I was backing out of the driveway, past the towering mounds of snow, and wondering if anyone has ever been swallowed alive by an avalanche in their own driveway.  I realize that is unlikely to happen, but it is a sign of the mood I’m in.  I’m sick and tired of snow and ice and weather...

Who Me? Angry?

I’ll never forget my response a few years back during a conversation with my spiritual director.  He said “You’re mad as heck about something and I don’t know what it is.”  Excuse me?  Anger?  Me??? I’m the mild-mannered one, the one who laughs things off.  I’m not angry—or am I? Those...

The Light of Christ Shining in My Darkness

It has been an upside-down Advent for me. The other day, I attended the funeral of a 21-year-old man who took his life after a struggle with depression. I cannot imagine the devastation of his parents and siblings as they deal with their grief. All around, lights and decorations and upbeat music pervade the...

Gratitude and Discipleship

I confess—I sometimes have a problem with discouragement. I see circumstances lined up against me and I throw up my hands. I can’t imagine a good outcome. As far as my mind can understand, I see no reason for hope. Worse still, even when I choose to hope and to stand firm in faith, I often fall flat on...

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