Category: Reflections

The Gift of Advent: To Build the Peaceable Kingdom by Dorothy Yeomans

In Advent we refocus: Here we are once again, Lord, to renew our covenant commitment with you and to ask you to use us in accordance with your will. We want only to bring your love and mercy to those most in need of your redeeming embrace.
December 15, 2020/by tac

The Depths of Nonduality by Ed Burns

From the Christian point of view, authentic married life has a salvific character based on the bedrock biblical teaching that we are not created for isolation but for relatedness and communion with each other.
November 23, 2020/by tac

Hope in the Midst of Near Chaos by Gene Ciarlo

Spiritual life, by my definition, is the best in humanity pushed and honed to perfection, to fine points that penetrate the hardest hearts, the deepest sorrow, and the densest mindsets to touch finally at the core of what makes us human.
November 23, 2020/by tac

Hope Lies in Seeing Clearly by Fran Salone-Pelletier

Slowly, over the years, the song has become more than a hummed tune. It is now a call and command to receive and accept clearer vision.
November 23, 2020/by tac

The Month of the Holy Souls by Jane M. Bailey

In thinking about the saints, we can’t help but wonder how we stack up. That wonder just might help us to become more loving and trusting human beings.
November 23, 2020/by tac

On Presence: The Commonplace We Can No Longer Remember by Wally Swist

By sheer application of being conscious in the moment, we defy the odds and realize our birthright, which is the experience of finding the numinous in the commonplace.
November 23, 2020/by tac

Songs in the Key of Life by Fran Salone-Pelletier

Silence reigns while a bumper-sticker mentality speaks loudly and persistently. Is there an alternate path to take? Might there be a way to honor life without entombing it?
October 12, 2020/by tac

Flesh of My Flesh and Bone of My Bone by Ed Burns

We are flesh of each other’s flesh and bones of each other’s bones. If we fail to recognize and act upon this truth of Genesis, we risk jeopardizing our very existence as human beings.
October 12, 2020/by tac

The Signs of the Times by Gene Ciarlo

Right and wrong, good and evil do not undergo radical changes as the centuries advance; they undergo circumstantial and time-honed changes. In every aspect of life, we have had to adjust to the way society is developing and its changing values.
October 12, 2020/by tac

Offer It Up by Nancy Enright

Wearing a mask is uncomfortable, inconvenient, and difficult. It can also be a form of sacrifice, a way of "offering up" to God.
September 1, 2020/by tac

Awakening to God at the Beach by Fran Salone-Pelletier

As I walk, I mimic the cry of the gulls, the hasty pace of the sanderlings, the egrets’ mincing walk, the crabs’ sideways crawl. I find joy in the obvious diversity. I crane my neck to see pelicans glide with prehistoric grace across the tops of the waves.
September 1, 2020/by tac

Constantly Renewed Gifts: On Inner Prayer by Wally Swist

Especially in times of stress and even those stretches of chaos, through lean times and during periods of dread, I and those around me have benefitted by my practice of inner prayer.
September 1, 2020/by tac

Violence and Contemplation by Ed Burns

Genuine faith will help us to get at the root of the things that we struggle with and wonder about in our daily lives, including matters such as violence.
September 1, 2020/by tac

Gifts in the Midst of Chaos by Anne Kerrigan

When I realized I was alive, it took time to process what had happened. The story of Lazarus became my story. The image of Lazarus stumbling forth out of the grave while shedding his burial cloths became my own image.
July 9, 2020/by tac

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