Tag Archives: journey


Referring to the seven pillars of faith may be misleading. Pillars are substantial; they hold things up and don’t move; they can remain in place long after their purpose is gone. Virtually all that remains of the Parthenon, perhaps the most perfect example of Classical architecture in history, are its pillars, surrounding shards of stone, […]

Going the distance

The season of Lent comes with a hard question. When do the gifts of God, meant to help us in our journey of faith, become obstacles that prevent us from reaching our destination? When do green pastures that restore our souls become soft couches on which we lie down into the sleep of spiritual death? […]

The search for silence

Sara Maitland, meet Dorothy Gale, who said at the end: “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!” Today I read a review of a book by Sara Maitland, A Book of Silence, in […]

On the value of not being well adjusted

“The last thing you want to be is a well-adjusted person.” The speaker was Lenore Bierbaum, one of my undergraduate psychology professors. “What you want to be,” she said, “is a person who adjusts well.” Her point was that “well adjusted” is static, like being stuck in a rut, or like death. Life, on the […]