Contemplation and Enlightenment

“Contemplation is a sacred mindfulness of my holy obligation to care for the world I live in. Contemplation is consciousness of the real fullness of life. Contemplatives don’t let one issue in life consume all their nervous energy or their hope. God is bigger than this problem at work or this irritating neighbor at home…

We Belong Together

Early Sunday evening, we returned from driving my sister to the airport. She came for a two-week visit. She lives on the Gold Coast in Australia and so time together is always appreciated, coveted, and overwhelmingly needed. I called her a few months ago, in the dark of winter and asked her to come for my…

Sticks and Stones

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me, my mother liked to recite, though words hurt her all the time, and behind the words the stories about how things should be and where she fell short, as told by my father, by society, by the church, by the happy flawless…