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”

Giving up my busy mind for Lent

My head is full today, for no other reason than that it’s a Wednesday, and there were lots of meetings – it was a normal day. My introverted self is tired from talking to people all day, from feeling a lack of control over day-to-day work things. I’m happy that my fourth grader went backContinue reading “Giving up my busy mind for Lent”

We Are Called… To Act With Justice

I told you earlier this year that I’m committing to shifting my volunteerism from charity to activism. I’d like to focus more on alleviating the causes of suffering at a systemic level. I am slowly discerning what this looks like. I think it might mean pivoting from food packing events and reading support in myContinue reading “We Are Called… To Act With Justice”

Let Christmas Happen

I watched Father Dennis’s homily on Facebook this weekend. It was so timely for me, as he talked about the difference between making Christmas happen versus letting Christmas happen. He talked about his mother, who had nine kids, many born right around Christmas, always being so pregnant and yet working so hard to make ChristmasContinue reading “Let Christmas Happen”

What I Learned from a Babyless Manger

Back in 2018, I was jobless and a new dog owner. So I spent a lot of time walking the neighborhood. My daughter and I would walk half mile laps between Fairview and Cleveland avenues in St. Paul, getting to know houses and people we hadn’t ever noticed before. During Advent, we noticed that oneContinue reading “What I Learned from a Babyless Manger”

Loving People In Their Wholeness

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”