Jesus Is Inclusive: A Pride Month Story

The week after Memorial Day is such a wonderful time. The start of summer is exciting even though, as an adult, I don’t get a summer vacation. My body and heart remember the joy of being free and the lakes getting warm enough to swim in and the grass feeling so perfect on my bareContinue reading “Jesus Is Inclusive: A Pride Month Story”

Love, accept, faults, sins

One of the things that drew me to St. Stan’s was Father Clay’s commitment to neutralizing the “Catholic Guilt” we may have grown up with and reframing God’s intentions as loving. I especially loved how he changed “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you but only say the word and I shall be healed”Continue reading “Love, accept, faults, sins”

Back to distance learning, trying not to rush

I got the second dose of the Covid vaccine today. I know this one can pack a punch and I’m pre-emptively nervous about what it’s going to do to my day tomorrow. I’m supposed to meet a client in person! tomorrow in the morning, and after lunch I’m meeting with a handful of other aspiringContinue reading “Back to distance learning, trying not to rush”

Yoga, centering prayer, and the Eucharist

I tried out a centering prayer video on YouTube this week – it reminded me a lot of: Meditation Shivasana (corpse pose) at the end of yoga Going into “The Quiet” before each session of an undergrad class I took. That one was awkward, at the time. Our instructor, Father Roger Kasprick, OSB, would haveContinue reading “Yoga, centering prayer, and the Eucharist”

Anti-racism and the spiritual journey

“Anti-racism” was a new word for me in 2020. I have so much to learn. I have so much to rewire in terms of my own understanding of privilege and systemic oppression. And of the fear that lives in a body and keeps it from sitting still in times of great fear and panic. “WhyContinue reading “Anti-racism and the spiritual journey”

A Good Friday Reflection on Sin

Father Clay’s perspective on sin has always resonated with me. He has helped me think of “sin” as the anxiety, suffering and pain we carry in ourselves or inflict on others. When I hear that God forgives sins, for me that means I have permission to stop beating myself up for something, that I canContinue reading “A Good Friday Reflection on Sin”

Love is not a sin

I felt so sad on Monday when I read that the Vatican is barring the blessing of same-sex unions, declaring that “God cannot bless sin.” It was a nasty reminder that I choose to stay in a religion that excludes nonconformists and women, and passes judgment on people even when they’re living their truest, mostContinue reading “Love is not a sin”