Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day

Beannacht / Blessing by John O’DonahueOn the day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you. And when your eyes freeze behind the grey window and the ghost of loss gets in to you, may a flock of colours, indigo, red, green, and azure blue come… Continue reading Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day


Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Every Lent, I think of this amazing poem by Wendell Berry. It seems even more relevant given the times in which we live. Enjoy! Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And… Continue reading Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front


White Privilege: Let’s Talk

The United Church of Christ curriculum, "White Privilege: Let’s talk. A Resource for Transformational Dialogue" is now available as an online curriculum at The Center for Progressive Renewal. It includes an online discussion board and access to a webinar series from June 2016  featuring authors of the curriculum, John Dorhauer, Traci Blackmon, DaVita McAllister, Stephen G. Ray,… Continue reading White Privilege: Let’s Talk


Lent inspiration from Fr. Ed Foley

        Ars Praedicandi: Ed Foley’s Homily for the First Sunday of Lent, Year A   by Fr. Ed Foley, Capuchin.  At this stage of the season at this stage of the liturgy it is an exercise in the obvious to announce that it is Lent … If we don’t know that from the music,… Continue reading Lent inspiration from Fr. Ed Foley


TSV March “Voice in the Wilderness” Awardee: Cardinal Tobin

"Several dozen clergy members marched toward a federal building in Newark in support of a man facing possible deportation. "Clergy including Cardinal Joseph Tobin, leader of New Jersey's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, led a rally for supporters of Catalino Guerrero on Friday morning along with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez." Read more in the America article.


Pope Francis on Married Priests, More…

Those who know me will not be surprised that my reaction to Pope Francis' qualified remarks about married (male, of course) priests was less enthusiastic than that of many of my friends in ministry. As reported in America magazine: "Describing the vocation crisis as an 'enormous problem,' Pope Francis suggested he sympathizes with Catholics who… Continue reading Pope Francis on Married Priests, More…

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From Merton’s “Letter to a Young Activist”

From A Letter to a Young Activist Do not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results… Continue reading From Merton’s “Letter to a Young Activist”

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“Lent is a path…” Pope Francis

Return to me with all your heart… return to the Lord” (Jl 2:12, 13). The prophet Joel makes this plea to the people in the Lord’s name. No one should feel excluded: “Assemble the aged, gather the children, even infants at the breast, the bridegroom… and the bride” (v. 16). All the faithful people are… Continue reading “Lent is a path…” Pope Francis