May 27, 2016

Lisa Dye: The Blind Leading the Blind – Jack Update

The Blind Leading the Blind: Jack Update By Lisa Dye “Dogs and cats should always be brought up together,” said someone, “it broadens their minds so.” • C.S. Lewis, The Business of Heaven I found this Lewis quote in The Business of Heaven, a collection of excerpts from several of his books. He further explained that affection […]

Lisa Dye: Jump!

My God my bright abyss into which all my longing will not go once more I come to the edge of all I know and believing nothing believe in this. • Christian Wiman I am afraid to jump. When I was a little girl, my big extended family of grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins met […]

Holy Week 2015: The Way of the Cross (Lisa Dye)

“The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross.” • Paragraph 2015, Catechism of the Catholic Church • • • Five years ago, Internet Monk offered a series during Holy Week on the Stations of the Cross as Michael Spencer was struggling through his last days here on earth. I was new to the […]

Lisa Dye: Parousia!

When my children were little, I diligently taught and enforced their close adherence to my side as we got in and out of the car, walked into stores, church or any other place. Looking back, I wasn’t strict or controlling in most respects. In fact, all my daughters voiced at one time or another that […]

Lisa Dye: Jack

A few weeks ago in August, my husband and I moved our youngest daughter and a truck full of too much stuff into a tiny dorm room at a large state university 90 minutes away. It was the culmination of 32 years of uninterrupted child rearing. When we got home that night, we shut the […]

Lisa Dye: Fellowship of the Book

 The union of the Word and the Mind produces that mystery which is called Life… • Joseph Addison • • • A few nights ago I sat reading a book by Thomas Merton. It was The Ascent to Truth to be exact. Suddenly, I came across a passage that made me weep. The reaction seemed […]

Unholy Busyness

Unholy Busyness by Lisa Dye Now I am saying this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but because of what is proper and so that you may be devoted to the Lord without distraction. — 1 Corinthians 7:35 My mother-in-law is 90 years old, works two part-time jobs, prays daily […]

Lisa Dye: Succession Is For Us Too

Succession Is For Us Too By Lisa Dye “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.” —The Nicene Creed I remember standing in my old Presbyterian church as a girl, feeling the cool stone floors under my feet and smelling the polished wood of the pews. I admired the gothic architecture, the stone interior, […]

Lisa Dye: The Fruitfulness of Contingency

The Fruitfulness of Contingency by Lisa Dye “Christ is contingency … faith in God is, finally, faith in change.” – Christian Wiman * * * Recently, on a sunny Saturday morning … the kind that sparkles and makes you feel happy to be alive … I gathered the strawberries and rhubarb growing in my garden […]

Lisa Dye: Hanging Up My Magic Wand

“The results of prayer are not dependent upon the powers of the one who prays…”  – O. Hallesby  My family will tell you that in my moments of extreme helplessness and frustration, I have been prone in the past to stamp my foot. Very little girlish, I know. Fortunately, the foot stamping has not been […]