Category: Faith

On Ideas

Since writing the other day about dumb ideas and the perils of sharing them, I’ve been thinking more about it. Thomas Edison said, “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” If that’s true, I am on my way to having a… Continue Reading “On Ideas”

On Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias passed away yesterday. For him, it was going home. But for us, it’s a time to remember how he touched our lives. In 1982 (or thereabouts) Ravi Zacharias came to Syracuse and spoke to the college-and-career group at the Christian & Missionary… Continue Reading “On Ravi Zacharias”

Blessed are the P’s

Blessed are the Painters of pictures for their work brings joy to others. Blessed are the Painters of chicken coops for they beautify the world, or at least a tiny piece of it. Blessed are the Preservers of the Past; blessed are those who Push… Continue Reading “Blessed are the P’s”

For Those Who Work Behind the Scenes

Blessed are those who work behind the scenes — the dishwashers, the line cooks, and the sous chefs, the delivery truck drivers, and the shelf-stockers, the shut-ins who pray, but say, “I wish I could do more,” the gardener who weeds and weeds and… Continue Reading “For Those Who Work Behind the Scenes”

Blessed Are the Daily Bloggers

Over eight years ago, I started writing in this little corner of the internet with nothing more than a silly name and a struggle to understand my mother’s dementia. I wrote nearly every day. It was as if some unseen floodgate opened. A tidal… Continue Reading “Blessed Are the Daily Bloggers”

The Adult Swim Lesson

I stood in the warm water of the teaching pool helping Nahla (not her real name) float on her back. It was my second time giving adult swim lessons, and, honestly, I love it. Nahla had grown up in another culture, one that didn’t… Continue Reading “The Adult Swim Lesson”

S is for Show

Do not think that you can show your love for Christ by hating those who seem to be His enemies on earth. Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

K is for Known

God is not fully known when He is only “known” by the understanding. He is best known by us when He takes possession of our whole being and unites us to Himself. Thomas Merton, Bread in the Wilderness It is the “great mystery of… Continue Reading “K is for Known”

A is for Advent

In Seasons of Celebration, Thomas Merton reflects on the writings of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Saint Bernard spoke of three advents of Christ. The first advent is “that in which He comes to seek and to save the lost.” The third advent is “that… Continue Reading “A is for Advent”

A Year With Merton

2019 is the year of Encouragement. (I wrote about it here.) 2019 is the year of No Snark. (I decided this after laboring over a response to an upset swim mom in December. She had been rude and unreasonable, so the first things I… Continue Reading “A Year With Merton”