PENTECOST “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1) There is something terribly wrong in America at this moment, and we all know it. Whether one calls it tribalism, or the fraying of our social fabric, or the rise in distrust of institutions and of one another, […]Read More..
The wonderful early morning weather we have recently enjoyed has prompted me to share a favorite column from June 2014. Surrounded by the pitch-black night that descends in the hour before dawn, I try to still my body except for the slow, rhythmic movement of my diaphragm. This, without a doubt, is my favorite time […]Read More..
Spending Time with Saints
I’ve been spending time lately in the garden where our church’s columbarium is located. This is partly because it is one of the nicest landscapes in our city. The trees, flowers, and fountain make it a beautiful and serene place in which to pray and meditate. But in this Easter season, I have also been […]Read More..
The Resurrected Life
Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices. –St. Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582) I was sitting with my mother at Medical Center Plano when the oncologist came back with the report from a recent […]Read More..
I am starting to learn what the ashes are for. What the bread and cup are for. The water. The cross, draped and undraped. The butterfly, the rainbow. These rich symbols, ancient and concrete, tactile and visual. We have just passed through the season that most abundantly places these symbols in front of us. Ash […]Read More..
It has been many years since I stood in the old city of Jerusalem, but today’s warm spring weather has somehow prompted a flood of memories. Jerusalem is, for the most part, extraordinarily modern. Walking through its streets is not much different than touring an American city. Its nightlife and tourist amenities are first-rate. But […]Read More..
Harbinger: “Something that foreshadows a future event; something that gives an anticipatory sign of what is to come.” (Merriam Webster online) Over the last few days, the canopies of our ornamental pear trees in north Texas have exploded with white blossoms. Driving through my town of Plano is visually stimulating because we now have thousands […]Read More..
Whenever I’m asked for my driver’s license, I go to some effort to point out that the state of Texas always makes me look like a hung-over felon. I am not known for taking a “good picture” under any circumstances, but the cameras used in those county offices are somehow programmed to bring out […]Read More..