Proving Our Greatness

Several years ago I did a three-day retreat at Baltimore Carmel - a Carmelite Monastery (the first in the US!) here in Baltimore. The Carmelite Order is grounded in prayer - that is their vocation as a community and individually. Silence is woven into the daily life. Rather easily, it seemed, I focused my activity not on silence and prayer, but on perfection. Cleanliness to be exact. I determined that I would prove myself to be the best retreatant this monastery had ever seen! Leaving behind an immaculate room and praise for what a "good job" I'd done on retreat. My last night there I heated up a frozen fish dinner in my little kitchenette. Afterwards realizing that a fish smell has perm

Give Voice to Your Humanity

What is it you want to hear in a sermon? There are probably as many answers to that question as there are people in the room. Maybe a word of hope, strength or encouragement. Maybe something hard is happening in our lives right now so we want to know God loves us, it will all be ok. When I think about what I want to hear in a sermon – I know I want to hear, “good news.” And those two words cover a wide-variety of topics – but if it’s good news, I think it will be as risky as it is rewarding (think: love – think: forgiveness). In a priest’s office I was once in, there was a giant painting on the wall called “The Sermon.” It was the point of view of the preacher – gazing at a packed house

Uncomfortable Grace

One afternoon, when I was about 6 years old, my parents left me and my older brother Peter home while they went and ran errands. My mom had made a chocolate cake that was going to be our dessert after dinner that night. I was about 6 years old and Peter, who is about 12 years older than I am, was babysitting me. Now, I don’t remember what I did, but I did something wrong. And Peter put me in time out. Time out is miserable. All I wanted was to go and play with my toys and read my books. And so I asked Pete if I could leave time out. And he said: say you’re sorry. I said. “Fine. I’m sorry.” He asked, “What are you sorry for? ” I couldn’t come up with an answer. So Peter raised the stakes: “If

Blameless lives and Clean Hearts

Perhaps you watched one, or both, or some of the two national funerals this week – Aretha Franklin and John McCain. Two very different funerals, but both rich with traditions. Traditions are an important, necessary part of the grieving process – and the celebration process, too. All our ceremonies and rituals grow from traditions – tradition are good! In times of tragedy and grief, traditions provide a ground for us to walk on, a structure to hold us so we can move through painful emotions. Traditions locate us in time – reminding us what has come before and what will come after us. Traditions are a good thing. We have a tradition in the Christian church when we start our season of “he


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