October 20, 2017

Archives for December 2013

Consider The Dogs

I’ve had a few dogs over the years, but there are three that stand out in my mind:  Mama Dog, Marshall, and Archie. Mama Dog came into our yard to starve to death when my husband and I were living in Liberia.  I saw her skeletal form collapsed on the edge of our property with […]

The New, “Simpler” Way of Christmas Shopping

I can count on one hand the number of times I go “shopping” over the course of a year. Perhaps the following story will explain why. I’m apparently bad at it. Our latest shopping adventure — it started with talk about getting a new coffeemaker. The last few years, Gail and I have taken advantage […]

Overrated: Sharing My Opinion

The irony is not lost on this author. In this post I will share my opinion, stating my opinion that sharing opinions is overrated. And I will publish it on a blog dedicated to giving people a forum for sharing their opinions. So there. As a young minister, I soon learned the truth of a […]

Homily for Advent IV: How Silently, How Silently

How Silently, How Silently A sermon for the fourth Sunday in Advent, 2013 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.21.13

Well, it’s almost Christmas. The women have finished wrapping their gifts with ribbons and bows. They made plates of cookies and fudge. They are gathered around the piano singing carols. The men, on the other hand, have yet to begin their Christmas shopping. “Wrapping” gifts will involve the phrase “paper or plastic?” Their cookies are […]

A Night Half Spent

As a relatively new Catholic, I am still being introduced to those “other” books that my Bible now includes. It is my custom to read the daily Mass scriptures and prayers, and on November 16, I discovered a real treasure: When peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, […]

How Christmas Helped Me Leave the Culture Wars

In 1988 I made a brief sojourn as a soldier in the trenches of  the Culture Wars.    At the end of January of that year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the case of  R. vs. Mogentaler, and struck down the 1969 law that restricted abortion.  The court did however leave room for […]

IM Book Thoughts: Jesus Feminist

Dropping the Mic: Reflections on Jesus Feminist by Adam McHugh We are shaped by the voices we choose to listen to. I know that everyone is seeking to “find their voice” these days, that unique contribution and perspective each person brings to the world, but sometimes we neglect the communal aspect of the discovery. We […]

A Culture War Conundrum

Ah, here’s a tricky one. According to a report by Daniella Silva of NBC News: A federal judge has found key parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law to be unconstitutional, ruling in favor of a polygamous family known for their reality television show. While all 50 states across the nation have laws against bigamy, prohibiting people […]

What Is Advent?

We are now in the third week of the liturgical season of Advent.  Okay, what does all that mean?  What is Advent?  To quote from my 1964 Mass missal (from the days when Mass was still said in Latin): The ecclesiastical year begins on the First Sunday of Advent.  The season of Advent is a […]