Grateful for Freedom

About two weeks ago, I heard the first of the street fireworks, signaling the beginning of summer and the fact that July 4th is on the way. You can’t buy much more than garden variety fireworks in this area, so the worst of what we have around here are the types of things that go “bang!”...

Dirt

I’m almost embarassed to be writing about gardening as a spiritual metaphor because it’s become something of a cliche, but with Paul’s words to the Corinthians in mind, “We are fools for the sake of Christ,” (1 Cor 4:10) I’ll saunter on. The backyard of the house...

A Place of Our Own

This past weekend I gathered with seventeen other women for the last session of a nine month program I had participated in, the Women’s Leadership Institute at the Hartford Seminary. Once a month since September, on Friday night and all day Saturday, this group had come together in prayer, study,...

Cool to Be Catholic

There’s a Catholic in the White House again! Well, not exactly. But in today’s media drenched culture, the news that Stephen Colbert, who is open about his Catholicism, will succeed David Letterman as host of the CBS late night show next year is a close equivalent to John F. Kennedy’s...

A Kaleidoscope of Catholics

Yesterday marked the official opening of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, one of the largest gatherings of Catholics in the United States today with over 25,000 people attending. (Youth Day, held on Thursday, draws over 15,000 young people for a day of music, prayer, workshops, and...

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