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I have been watching some mother birds interacting with their children recently.  Just this week several babies left the nest, and not all of them were making the transition well.  One almost became cat food, but mom and dad showed up in the nick of...

My brother called me today to vent.  He lives in the suburbs of Atlanta and is moving to Alabama in a few weeks.  Moving is stressful enough, but moving in a pandemic, even more so.  His first grandchild is expected to be born shortly after...

Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like a hidden treasure or a pearl of great value.  Once found, a wise person will sell everything else to gain this most valuable of all possessions (Matthew 13:44-46).  The changes and uncertainties which have descended upon...

Today and tomorrow, Christians remember Jesus' final meal with his disciples, his betrayal, arrest, trial, torture and crucifixion.  Like anything human, abuses and distortions of this story and its relevance for us abound.  I do not wish to focus on addressing abuses and distortions.  I...

In the community where I live, we are over two weeks into a period of social isolation.  My church community has rather quickly adjusted to virtual worship, meetings and gatherings.  We are using a platform technology which allows us to see each other's faces and...

Collectively, we are experiencing a dramatic shift in our assumptions and routines.  It's safe to say that our attention has been grabbed by this moment as we watch wealth dissolve and our usual movements curtailed.  Like most pastors, I am adjusting to virtual worship, meetings,...

The title for this blog comes from the work of Richard Rohr who communicates powerful spiritual truths in ways that are easy to grasp.  The process of spiritual growth often requires a period in which we move out from a comfortable sense of order into...

In the past few days, the distress which comes with this pandemic has come to our country.  Major social events have been cancelled or postponed.  The stock market is in dramatic downfall.  Our routines are being impacted.  There is the fear which comes with uncertainty...

The Christ-focus of Benedictine spirituality is immense.  The practice of Benedict's Rule is to always bring the attention to Christ.  This focus is woven into the pattern of each day with periods of worship and study punctuating the daily routines of work, service and self-care. ...

I was raised Catholic and went to a Catholic school as a child.  Receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday was part of my formation as a Christ-follower.  On the surface, it seems like a strange ritual for children.  Going forward to a priest, receiving a smudge...