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...

A golden run

The 2014 Winter Olympics are ending this week. Even though I’ve watched relatively few of the events, it’s been comforting to know that we’re in a moment of time when our connectivity with the rest of the world is highlighted for 10 days or so, through relatively peaceful means. The...

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