Skirting Heresy

“Mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism.” That’s a pastoral adage calling for a degree of critical caution in dealing with people claiming to have personal revelations directly from God. Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe by Elizabeth MacDonald is a brilliant retelling of the...

Stormy Blasts

I love thunderstorms. Last night we had a huge one here in Michigan. The sky turned black around 5:00 and we were pelted with rain. The thunder was so close and so loud that my house was shaking and things were rattling. It was the kind of storm that made me so glad to be safe and dry in my home where I...

The Beauty of Silence

Last night as I laid in the yard looking up at the night sky, I saw a shooting star streak straight over head.  Its not the first time I have seen one, in fact the reason I went outside to begin with was to look at them.  It is that time of the year again for the annual return of the Perseids meteor...

Getting Back in the Groove

It’s Wednesday after vacation week, and I’m still trying to get back into the groove. I suppose this is the mark of a good vacation, one that is so completely relaxing that it’s difficult to resume the harried pace, take up the multiple tasks, deal with the ongoing commitments, etc. etc....

Finding Clarity

I’ve read all the books and articles about organization and decluttering but I always find excuses for not doing it. Even when my spare room upstairs looked like it could audition for an episode of Hoarders, it was either too hot, too cold, I didn’t have enough time, or I was too tired. I would...

Pentecost

Pentecost, meaning “fifty days” after Easter, celebrates the Holy Spirit’s descent on the Apostles. The narrative in the second chapter of Acts of the Apostles describes a dramatic transformation of the disciples in Jerusalem. A sudden sound, like that of a strong wind filled the house where they were....

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