Monthly Archives: July 2015

From so little, so much

We Americans are in a pessimistic state these days. Many of us feel the country is headed in the wrong direction, and a lot of that feeling is related to the economy. Many say we just don’t have the money to take care of all the needs before us. We need to trim our sails […]

A home for everyone

If there is something that doesn’t love a wall, as Robert Frost wrote – something in the frost heaves that topples the carefully stacked stones or in God who transcends our stubborn divisions – there’s also something in us that loves them dearly. We may deny it; as Christians we may embrace the message of […]

A terrible wholeness

On a high rock promontory overlooking the Mississippi River, I used to sit in the thin shade of an old pine tree to recollect the fragments of my life and to remember who I am. The tree was gnarled and worm-eaten and showed little green; the years and harsh weather had stripped away much of […]

Tempus fugit, memento mori

“It is when we are confronted with…poignant reminders of mortality that we become most aware of the strangeness and wonder of our brief life on Earth.” —Kathleen Basford

The power of surrender

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Just what sort of power is it that St. Paul understood is made perfect in weakness – is made complete, full-grown, mature; achieves its purpose? What ultimate success is attained in weakness? Paul was not using language that people […]