I’m aware of milkweed.It began about a dozen years ago. It was a glorious Summer. But Spring had brought less than happy news: The monarch population was dipping precipitously, in part due to loss of migration habitat, in part due to pesticides. The prior year, 2004, had seen an all-time low.So as the milkweed on… Continue reading Milkweed and the fertile days of Autumn
My life has been a bit overfull of late. Some events were extraordinarily challenging, and others bordered on ecstatic. Really. Almost everything was on one end of the spectrum or the other. And I was not as on top of my calendar as I should have been. So when Tim, the editor of this illustrious… Continue reading “Quick! Be Spiritual!”
“Honor your father and mother,” is the first part of the Fifth Commandment. In our hasty recollections, we might find ourselves forgetting the second part: “So that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” This past Sunday was Earth Day,… Continue reading Honor your mother… Earth
“Now the green blade rises, from the buried grain…” “Now the green blade rises, from the buried grain…” The great Episcopal preacher Barbara Brown Taylor writes, “Resurrection is always announced with Easter lilies, the sound of trumpets, bright streaming light. But,” she insists, “it did not happen that way. If it happened in a cave,… Continue reading “Love has come again, like wheat arising green.” A reflection for Easter
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These are the themes of the holy season of Lent, the 40 days in which Christians prepare for the great feast of Easter, the holiest day of the church calendar year. But these practices are not exclusive to Christians. Fasting can be found in just about every great faith tradition, including… Continue reading Prayer and Fasting — and Us.
Thursday, December 21, 2017 Tonight is the Winter Solstice – the moment that the Northern hemisphere is tilted farthest from the sun, producing the longest night of the year. It’s not surprising that many festivals of light – Advent, Hannukah, Kwanzaa – are celebrated at the time of year in which we are plunged… Continue reading Being Light and Seeing Light: A Winter Solstice Reflection
In my social justice work, I've noticed people using a word in a way that wasn't part of my vocabulary. Some communities refer to people who seem to actually "get" the challenge that's present and the action that needs to be taken as "woke." As in, that person is "woke"; he/she realizes what's happening; what… Continue reading Be Watchful! Stay Awake!
Almost every religion and ethical system on this beautiful shared planet of ours has love for one’s neighbor as a centerpiece. The great sage of the Talmud, Rabbi Hillel, was approached by a gentile who wanted to convert to Judaism. The man explained that he would accept Judaism only if the Rabbi could teach him… Continue reading “Love your neighbor…” Says just about everybody.
This Sunday (which happens to be the day that the U.S. will commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation) we'll hear Jesus challenged, yet again, by the Pharisees. "What's the greatest commandment?" they ask. He responds echoing the words of the great Rabbi Hillel: There are two great commandments. Love God, and love your neighbor… Continue reading Who’s My Neighbor?
I come from a very ethnic Irish American family. A few years ago, I posted the recipe for soda bread that my grandmother, Hanorah Hayes Sullivan, taught me as a youngster. It is the one that they made in her village, Murroe, in Limerick. (She was a servant girl in the house of the Lord… Continue reading The Soda Bread Wars