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...

Dr. St. Hildegard

Last Wednesday, September 17, was the feast of Hildegard of Bingen, named a saint in May 2012 and a Doctor of the Church in October of that same year. Known as the Sibyl of the Rhine, she was a Benedictine abbess, theologian, mystic, artist, musician, poet, and doctor (and who knows what else; this is what...

A Miraculous Medal Story

The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is one of our favorite titles here at Servant. It’s also a book that finds its way into the hands of a wide variety of readers. Here’s just one example, shared with me by Donna-Marie: The past three years...

Dicipleship Isn’t Easy

Pope Francis teaches that our faith is not just about our heart and our head, it’s about our hands and our feet as well. It’s about what we do with our faith that counts—how we put that faith into action in our world. Discipleship isn’t easy. It wasn’t easy for the first disciples either. Take a...

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...

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