It happens around this time every year. My mind, soul, body wants to get in the car and go North. To take the road that begins on asphalt, then turns to gravel and later to sand. To take the road, that leads to a winding driveway, where the branches scrape against the car, and seems […]
They return to my mind when I am doing remedial tasks — digging in the earth, washing the dishes, folding a shirt. They join me in the work of my hands, and stop by my subconscious and give a nod. These Saints. I remember their crinkled smiles, their warm handshake, and their good humor. Their stories come […]
In late April, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the centuries-old tradition of offering prayers to open government meetings. The 5-4 ruling was based in large part on the history of legislative prayer dating back to the Framers of the Constitution. Defending a practice used by the town of Greece, N.Y., the majority ruled that opening […]
I’m not sure I fully believe it. Call me a cynic, but I’m not sure I fully believe Luke when he describes the early church. It’s not that I don’t believe that they broke bread or sang songs or grew in number, it’s just I think our memories are biased, and I think Luke’s memory […]
The Worst Mother.
There are two gifts every new mother receives that she was not expecting: guilt and worry. In fact, if she is a “good” mother she will have guilt and worry by the bucket loads. Why? Because guilt and worry are indications of concern for another person, and “bad” mothers are uncaring and selfish, right? Or […]
I would imagine that many of you are familiar with the prayer written by the great theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, which has been named the serenity prayer. The original version went like this: “God give us the grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed […]