The priests and parishioners at St. Stan’s have preached God’s love for generations. In this blog, I use their teachings to grow and thrive
(while homeschooling, working from home and staying healthy)
Last week my sixth grader’s homeroom teacher asked the kids to submit a goal for the year – something they wanted to accomplish in school, that was specific, measurable, timebound. All good things. Will’s first stab was to “get all A’s.” A fine, admirable outcome, but an outcome nonetheless – something that he could eitherContinue reading “Break on Through to the Other Side?”
I know two people who died last week, one from Covid, one after a long life and then a period of decline. I didn’t know either well, but both were part our neighborhood. Mike was the head custodian at my kids’ grade school, and John was a one-time neighbor whose daughter still lives next door.Continue reading “2020’s Death Toll Is Getting To Me”
It is All Saints’ Day and two days before the election. As I thought about a pre-election day post, some saint helped me flip Father Clay’s third book open to this page, and I decided to go with it. I don’t think it needs much preamble from me. I like this piece because it transcendsContinue reading “There is No Distinction Between “Us” and “Them” in the Reign of God”
This week I was helping some other consultants revise social media posts when I saw one about vulnerability from a middle-aged man. Usually a great start. Then, he said he was making himself vulnerable by asking for forgiveness from neighbors who judged him when he left his wife and kids after 17 years of marriage.Continue reading “Taking the Pressure Off Forgiveness”
Today Mike and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. We thought 10-15-05 was a great cribbage date, and we’ll take our two points now for hitting 15 years. Father Clay married us, using the same wedding homily still posted on the St. Stan’s web site. I most remember the giggles he got in the earlyContinue reading “Happy Anniversary, Mike Walter”
Yesterday was National Coming Out Day – it was also National Clergy Appreciation Day. I love the overlap, because clergy who help us deepen our love for all people most certainly help us support and love people without filtering that love through our own judgment or lack of understanding of who they are and whoContinue reading “Loving People In Their Wholeness”
Tomorrow, Oct. 10, is World Mental Health Day. My former employer is giving employees the day off, so I decided to observe it today as well. My daughter and I are going to spend this top 10 weather day canoeing on the St. Croix River – we just have to get our work done thisContinue reading “Observing World Mental Health Day”
I have been ashamed of some of my thoughts this week. I got mad at my kids for not focusing more during distance learning. I may have looked down on a teacher for imperfect grammar (like a really esoteric word choice issue). My initial thoughts about the President’s COVID-19 diagnosis were not generous. When myContinue reading “Stay Rooted in Human-ness and Humaneness”
I went hunting through Father Clay’s books today for a homily that I could pair with this picture my husband took over the weekend. We were at an apple orchard in Wisconsin, celebrating my birthday, and as we hunted for ripe Sweet Sixteens (“the redder the better”), we found this apple cradled in a tinyContinue reading “An Apple, A Nest, A Tree, and A Prayer”
Father Clay died last weekend. I heard from other members of St. Stan’s and through the Facebook page and then email. And I took the week to feel the loss and think about it before I started writing. I feel so grateful for what he gave us – for what he gave me in theContinue reading “Hearing Father Clay’s Call to Relieve Suffering”
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