My Journey

It’s NOT just spilled milk!

The Israelites had calls to prayer: daily the shofar sounded to call the people for songs and chants. Muslims have prayer calls five times each day.   Christians have no such formal regimen of prayer - which is good and bad. It means that we are free to pray all the...

Sage Sayings #7

The incomparable Augustine of Hippo could not have spoken a wiser word into our day had he foreseen the pull and influence of our electronic idols.   "O Lord,  You made us for Yourself  and our hearts are restless  until they rest in You.”  - St. Augustine   If you'd...

nothing.

When I started this blog, I made a promise to myself. A vow, actually.    I vowed that if I had nothing to say, that is what I would say:  nothing.   Whether due to crazy schedule or writer’s block or heart strain.   Whether my wonderings have been flat or my...

Sage Sayings #6

The worries of the day are often upon us before the day breaks. This prayer - by an unknown 18th century Christian - is stabilizing and strengthening. Our forebear reminded him/herself of the brevity of life and the daily-ness of it - and asked God to hold all that...

Good Friday and Silent Saturday

The Gospels give us detailed records of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. But little about that Saturday. Silence. On Good Friday, I think of the death.  I’ve never seen a body beaten and broken and bloody: muscles and ligaments exposed - thorn-pierced...

Sage Sayings #5

As wonderful as spring is (especially after a longgggg winter!) - it means much more than just balmy weather and growing things. It's an illustration of God's greatest work!   Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection  not in books alone,  but in every leaf...

Better than a text?

It happened again yesterday. An emotional click.   A kid plopped a stack of mail on the counter - and something jumped out at me. Not a bold advertisement - not a dreaded bill - not newsy flyer - but my own name hand-written in a hasty scrawl on bright envelope with a...

Sage Sayings #4

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day: St Patrick's Breastplate. Lyrical language, stirring images - all grounded in rich theology. St. Patrick's Breastplate  (attributed to St. Patrick of Ireland - 5th century) I bind unto myself today The strong Name of the Trinity, By...

Prayer ends with a period.

Prayer.  by George MacDonald    We doubt the word that tells us: Ask,  And ye shall have your prayer;  We turn our thoughts as to a task,  With will constrained and rare.   And yet we have; these scanty prayers  Yield gold without alloy:  O God, but he that...

Sage Sayings #3

Today’s Sage Saying - short, sweet, solid. It describes why I savor quotations. They connect my common life with those of others who have been this way before me...   Great thoughts go best with common duties. - Brooke Foss Westcott (1825)     If you'd like to make...

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