God’s “in” his heaven, and all is right in my world

We’re spending the week in “God’s Country” – an informal nickname for the part of Minnesota where I grew up. We’re 70 miles north of the area people typically call “Northern Minnesota,” and we’re still three hours south of Canada. So it’s remote, but not that remote. We have wi-fi and groceries, so we’re notContinue reading “God’s “in” his heaven, and all is right in my world”

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”

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”

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”

Yes, I Do Need Mercy

Sin has always seemed like such a loaded term to me, reserved for violations of the ten commandments and things I should feel deep shame for. I don’t steal or kill or lie, and so when I think of going to confession or calling myself a “sinner” it feels extreme and even a little silly.Continue reading “Yes, I Do Need Mercy”

For When You’re Not At Your Best

Last week was hard, and I’m kicking myself for losing my temper with my kids. On Thursday, I was taking Anna and her friend skiing. We both needed to get our work done before we could go, plus I needed to help Will get organized for the day. Anna was needy as I was tryingContinue reading “For When You’re Not At Your Best”

2020’s Death Toll Is Getting To Me

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”

There is No Distinction Between “Us” and “Them” in the Reign of God

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”