Suffering and Self-Preservation

The other day I heard someone say, “The more we are consumed with self-preservation the less attention we give to self-evaluation.” Continue reading “Suffering and Self-Preservation”

Jesus and the Children

While rummaging through boxes in the basement, I came across an old issue of the Magnificat. On the cover is a painting by the renowned Russian landscape painter , Vasily Baksheyev, entitled “Christ Blessing”. Continue reading “Jesus and the Children”

All Shall Be Well

I don’t know when I first read these lines from St. Teresa of Avila but since then I’ve repeated them so many times that I have committed them to memory. I hope you find them as great a source of comfort as I have. Each time I say them I am then reminded of the words of St. Julian of Norwich: “All Shall Be Well.” Continue reading “All Shall Be Well”

On Laughter and the Time My Father Fell Into a Grave

After last week’s post On Faux Pas and Grace I received several requests to tell the story of the time my father fell into a grave. Continue reading “On Laughter and the Time My Father Fell Into a Grave”

A Reluctant Evangelist

I flirted with fundamentalism during my college years. I’d met a group of Christians who talked about their faith with the same zeal as a weight lifter, all beefed up on steroids and vanity, promotes his health regimen. They called this “being on fire for Christ.” I still wince every time I hear the phrase. Continue reading “A Reluctant Evangelist”