Love in a New Year…

"As the divine light grows brighter, it reveals what it contains, that is, divine life; and divine life reveals that the Ultimate Reality is love." - Thomas Keating, The Mystery of Christ For many, the return and beginning of a new year marks a time of renewal. This renewal is one of hope. Hope in the future through self-improvement and intentional [...]

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Community as a Spiritual Practice

I just finished five days of meetings with 350 of my closest friends -- sisters and associates of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. I find myself reflecting on [...]

A Blessing for the Present Moment

May you treasure wisely this jeweled, gilded time And cherish each day as an extra grace Whose heedless loss would be a tragic crime In today's tasks may you find God's [...]

Sacrifice

The end of May brings us to Memorial Day, a day we remember the men and women who sacrificed life for the sake of our freedom. Sacrifice is not a popular word or concept [...]

Mary’s month

    Our Lady of Marylhurst May is traditionally the month in which Catholics honor Mary the mother of Jesus. Does this mean Catholics worship Mary? That we think [...]

Care of the Earth

"God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good" (Genesis 1:31). This week we celebrate our earth. We remind ourselves to be aware of future generations and to [...]

Tulip Gazing

Each year I am amazed by the beauty of spring in the Pacific Northwest. Even on the days when the sun hides behind clouds, even on days when the wind and rain practically blow [...]

Happy Easter

I've been reading a lot about the importance of narrative and how narrative shapes our identity as individuals and as cultures.  Narratives may be based on real events or [...]

My Church~ on the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day

My Church~ On the Eve of St. Patrick’s Day Photo credit: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters New York Times The question is asked in so many of the quarters of my life.  [...]

What’s in a Name

On Wednesday, we learned that we have a new pope, Francis. The media discussed a bit about the significance of the name Francis, but I think it needs more unpacking. So, with [...]

Blessing for Our Work

Creator of the universe, of all that is beautiful and good, help each of us to create deep within our being an inner space, a place: Where the work we do will not overshadow [...]