Being small, thinking big in a benevolent universe

Have you ever had a chance to think about your role in the universe that is about an estimated 46 billion light years in radius and apparently expanding at an accelerating rate? We oftentimes consider that in this community of planets, stars, galaxies, let alone the world, our nation, city or town, that we...

Stepping Beyond the Birdbath

Have you ever gone to an event and had a sense that you were watching something that would be more than that event? I had the opportunity to attend a packed seminar on Franciscan mysticism in 2012 presented by Father Richard Rohr, OFM. And my wife and I found that Father Richard was able to reveal and unpack...

In Search of Merton

Last Sunday, over Memorial Day weekend, I went on a pilgrimage of sorts, a quest I actually promised myself to take for more than three decades. The now dilapidated St. Ann’s Hermitage (the words “St. Ann” seen in the detail above and on the right side of the building), a former tool shed...

Cultures and Values Collide During Holy Season

I had a chance to get away with my wife to one our fave spots – New Orleans during a jazz festival. NOLA – a shorthand for New Orleans, La. – in April is a key destination for jazz fans with the French Quarter Jazz Festival in mid-April and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in late...

Desert wandering @ 10K feet

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to be traveling back from the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (LAREC) in Anaheim. The flight from west coast to east coast, as anyone who has done it can attest, is long and, in the best of situations, uneventful, with sleep, a bit of food, maybe a movie or a...

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