Mary Oliver: A Humble Heart Revealed

Poet Mary Oliver evokes the paradoxical quality of living in the "now" and the "not yet." She draws us into a humble yearning. Oliver's spot-on specificity reveals an attentive, light-but-longing heart (see Morning Glories, Beside the Waterfall, and The Hermit Crab). The poet meets us on human dignity's common ground. We listen to the heart of … Continue reading Mary Oliver: A Humble Heart Revealed

Confessions of a Cannonball: A Lenten Invitation to Hunger for Humility

New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks published a remarkable book in 2015, one whose theme speaks to a gnawing hunger in my heart. The Road to Character was a gift from a dear friend.  "I could tell just from listening to the introduction," she wrote in the letter that accompanied the gift, "that this … Continue reading Confessions of a Cannonball: A Lenten Invitation to Hunger for Humility

Recover Your Optimism with The Love Good Podcast: Intentional Earbuds #3

Plenty is happening in the culture that can bring a person down, but many of us aren't content to stay there. We're weary of marketplace mantras and the pushy public square. Actively seeking sources of goodness, truth and beauty,  we're out to restore our resilient spirits and fill our hearts with hope.  Are you with … Continue reading Recover Your Optimism with The Love Good Podcast: Intentional Earbuds #3

Ugly Politics Free us to Remember our True Home

A political/religious blog I subscribe to sent me an email survey the other day.  Its intent was to discover what kind of content its readership would appreciate in the new year.  I was asked to rate my feelings about the major players on the American political scene, both left and right, and to offer my … Continue reading Ugly Politics Free us to Remember our True Home

Three Words to Guide a New Year of Hope

When I told a family member I wasn't doing much on New Year's Eve this time around, he responded, "Yeah, I'm noticing that in a lot of people.  It's an angry time.  Lots of people don't feel like celebrating." I hadn't connected my less-than-celebratory plans with a national mood, but he made me think twice … Continue reading Three Words to Guide a New Year of Hope

Wander into the Wardrobe: Reasons to Return to Narnia in December

Along with the pleasure of lighting the Advent wreath, of busy preparations and programs and starry night silence, I love to return to the land of the lamp post in December, to do battle against the White Witch who made made Narnia always winter but never Christmas. I refuse to join the war between fans … Continue reading Wander into the Wardrobe: Reasons to Return to Narnia in December

Advent’s First Week: It Is Better to Light One Candle

December days are short, hemmed in darkness. Grateful for a new liturgical year with its wisdom of waiting and preparation, we place new candles in the old Advent wreath. We light the first candle. Just the first. In silence, preparing to read the first scripture of the season, an old proverb rises in the heart: … Continue reading Advent’s First Week: It Is Better to Light One Candle