Beware of Your Inner Circles

Beware of Your Inner Circles

“No man is an island.” John Donne wrote those words four centuries ago, and they are as true now as they were then, except we don’t believe them anymore. Today, more and more of us are beginning to define our nuclear families and our carefully chosen circle of friends...
When We Doubt the Power of Prayer

When We Doubt the Power of Prayer

“We need to pray even when that seems the most lifeless thing to do.” That’s a counsel from Michael J. Buckley with which we need to challenge ourselves daily. In the face of real life, prayer can often seem like the most lifeless thing to do. What difference does...
Faith Lessons Under a Bridge in Austin

Faith Lessons Under a Bridge in Austin

A woman shared her anxiety about the death of her brother with me at a recent workshop I was leading. Her older brother had died from the COVID-19 virus before there were vaccines for it and had died because he had dangerously exposed himself to catching the virus....
Why Do I Stay in the Church?

Why Do I Stay in the Church?

How can you continue to stay in a church that played such a pivotal part in setting up and maintaining residential schools for the Indigenous people of Canada? How can you stay in a church that did that? These were the first questions I received from the audience...
Power of Beauty Cuts Through What Divides Us

Power of Beauty Cuts Through What Divides Us

“The world will be saved by beauty!” Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote that, Dorothy Day quoted it, and centuries before Jesus, Confucius made it central to his pedagogy. They were on to something. Beauty is a special language that cuts through and sidelines all the things that...