Tag Archives: relationships

A shrinking circle of friends

By choice, my circle of friends is growing smaller, at least the circle of people I’ve labeled “friend” on Facebook. It’s not that the number of real friends is decreasing – it’s a number that for me has always been small – but that I’m growing more discerning about those I identify as “friend” and […]

It runs in the family

“What happens to a dream deferred?” the poet Langston Hughes wondered. What happens when the life you’ve dreamed about gets put on hold or snatched away or interrupted by circumstance, and you realize it may be forever beyond your reach? “Does it dry up,” Hughes wondered, “like a raisin in the sun? / Or fester […]

Community

I didn’t expect four words, that at first caused me so much trouble, to become central to my faith. St. Cyprian of Carthage is thought to have been the first to use them, in the third century. They’ve been affirmed by great leaders and councils of the church throughout history. But when Pope Francis used […]

On the power of the heart

“Is your heart as true to mine as mine is to yours?” Knowing the answer to that question was more important to John Wesley than knowing what anyone believed. “If it is,” he would say, “then give me your hand” (2 Kings 10:15). If our hearts are bound to one another in love, if we […]