When We Suffer: The First Question We Ask - October 21, 2018


   “Tell me, ye mighty waters, why did ye sustain the ponderous load of misery?... And God…be not angry with us while we come into this, thy sanctuary, and make the bold inquiry in this, thy holy temple, why it was that thou didst look on with the calm indifference of an unconcerned spectator…?”

~ Nathaniel Paul

An Address Delivered on the Celebration of the Abolition of Slavery in the State of New York, July 5, 1827

Competing Kingdoms - October 14, 2018

“It has long been a matter of serious moment that for decades we have

studied the various peoples of the world and those who live as our neighbors

as objects of missionary endeavor and enterprise without being at all willing

to treat them either as brothers or as human beings.”

~ Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited

Falling Down and Getting Up - October 7, 2018

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We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a [person] but one thing: the last of the human circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

~ Victor Frankl

Good News for Real People: Gospel for the Discouraged - September 30, 2018


God comes to us not where we should have been

if we had made all the right choices in life;

not where we could have been

if we had taken every opportunity

that God has offered us;

not where we wish we were

if we didn’t have to be in the place

where we find ourselves;

not where we think we are

because our minds are out of sync with our hearts;

not where other people think we are

or think we ought to be

when they are attending to their own agendas.

God meets us where we really are.

~ Margaret Silf

Good News for Real People: Gospel for the Unsure - September 23, 2018

Spirituality is about seeing.

      It's about intimate relationship with things

      rather than achieving results or meeting requirements.

Once you see fully, the rest follows.

You don't need to push the river,

      because you are already in the river.

God's life of love is being lived within you,

      and you must simply learn how

      to say yes to that life.

~ Richard Rohr

Good News for Real People: Gospel for the Trapped - September 16, 2018

There are hard things
that I must do today, dear God.
Hard things, but I
should like to do them well,
and bravely as I can.
I ask for courage.
Let me not give up
when things go wrong,
but gladly try another way.
Dear God, be near me through the day
and help me do the hard things well.

~ Edith Kent Battle, “For Hard Things”

Finding God in All the "Wrong" People: Jesus’ Greatest Miracle? - August 26, 2018


Life is not meant to be a burden. Life is not a problem to be solved. It is a blessing to be celebrated. Every dimension of life, its gains and its losses, are reason for celebration because each of them brings us closer to wisdom and fullness of understanding.

~ Joan Chittister

Finding God in All the Wrong People: Mr. All-Together Man - August 12, 2018


Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our fellowship is in Jesus Christ alone, the more serenely shall we think of our fellowship and pray and hope for it.

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Church of the Living Dead - July 29, 2018

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"I have looked our destruction, our miserable end, straight in the eye and accepted it into my life, and my love of life has not been diminished. I am not bitter or rebellious, or in any way discouraged… My life has been extended by death, by accepting destruction as part of life and no longer wasting my energies on fear of death or refusal to acknowledge its inevitability. It sounds paradoxical: by excluding death from our life we cannot live a full life, and by admitting death into our life we enlarge and enrich it."

~ Etty Hillesum

What to Wear? - July 15, 2018


"I have the immense joy of being a [human being], a member of a race in which God became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun."

~ Thomas Merton

Trusting the Good Gift - July 8, 2018

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"Contemplation is life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness, and for being. It is a vivid realization of the fact that life and being in us proceed from an invisible, transcendent and infinitely abundant Source. Contemplation is, above all, awareness of the reality of that Source."

~ Thomas Merton

Is There a Minister in the House? - June 10, 2018


To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;

to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;

to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurrying never.

In a word, to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.

~ William Ellergy Channing (1780-1842)