With love to Father Clay, on the anniversary of his passing

Here’s a picture of Father Clay at Will’s baptism in 2008. (He baptized Anna in 2011, too!) We’re thinking of him today, on the one-year anniversary of his death. Today marks the one-year anniversary of Father Clay’s death. We prayed for him in church yesterday, and took a moment to feel thankful for having hadContinue reading “With love to Father Clay, on the anniversary of his passing”

The question God asks us when we die

The gospel this week covered the Pharisees complaining to Jesus about his disciples not washing his hands properly. Father Dennis rightly called them out on focusing more on manners than on people. (Though in our current context, I understand why they’d get the heebee jeebees about people not washing their hands.) And Father Dennis said,Continue reading “The question God asks us when we die”

I admit it: these kids are pushing my buttons.

The summer is getting long, and for me, summer is never long. It’s always too short. But this year, the fighting and button pushing between my kids is making it hard for me to concentrate. I want them to go back to school so they can interact with people their own age. And so thatContinue reading “I admit it: these kids are pushing my buttons.”

Serenity Prayer for parents of unvaccinated kiddos

When the pandemic started, my husband was the nervous one. He bought masks first, he sanitized the groceries. He didn’t want the kids to play outside with their friends. He watched the case numbers and the death numbers rise every day. I walked beside him with a “Wait, what?” expression and tried to understand theContinue reading “Serenity Prayer for parents of unvaccinated kiddos”

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”