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The Bell & the Blackbird

There’s an old Irish legend of “The Bell and the Blackbird” that I found in a poem by David Whyte. It’s the image of a monk standing out on the edges of the monastery grounds, hearing the chapel bell calling him to prayer and thinking, “That is the most beautiful sound in the world.” In…

What I Learned Hiking With a Three Year-Old

I won’t keep you in suspense. It’s how many times this kid fell, and hard. He wants to lead the way and we let him. The trails are easy–we chose them with a three and a half year-old in mind–but there are brambles, rocks and roots. We call, Don’t run!, but this kid runs like…

My Sacred Car

They came this morning for my 2002 Toyota Avalon. Ran it up on a flat bed and took it to an auction yard. Some children’s charity will receive, I don’t know, three hundred dollars. I loved that car. It had a six-cylinder engine that jumped like a rocket. It had 237,851 miles: I knew this…

Know Thyself. Give Thyself.

“The reason for life is self mastery for the purpose of self giving.” -Jacques Maritain   Perhaps you’ve had the same experience. You see some self-help or self-improvement guru on TV or in some magazine telling people how to fix themselves and find happiness. But the longer you watch or read, the more you realize…

You are Acorn and Oak

Once upon a time, in a not-so-faraway land, there was a kingdom of acorns, nestled at the foot of a grand old oak tree. Since the citizens of this kingdom were modern, fully Westernized acorns, they went about their business with purposeful energy; and since many were midlife, baby-boomer acorns, they engaged in a lot…

Thai Boys, My Boys

On Tuesday, when the last four boys and their coach were rescued from that watery cave/grave in Thailand, I was alone in my car listening to the radio. As I heard how young boys who could not swim—much less cave-dive in inky blackness—were fitted with masks and led underwater through harrowing passages, I found myself…

Basic Training for the Soul

What do you do in a crisis? I read this week about a spiritual director who was taking flying lessons. The man asked the instructor why they used flight simulators so much. He replied, “In the moment of crisis, you will not rise to the occasion, you will default to your training.” The temptation is…

A Lesson in Humility

No matter that we may mount on stilts, we still must walk on our own legs. And on the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom. -Michel de Montaigne, essayist (1533-1592) When an Archbishop of Canterbury visits, it’s a big deal. He’s a big deal. He lives at Lambeth…

In Praise of Boring Church

“For me, I like to go to church on Sunday mornings to organize my thoughts, organize my week, and be quiet. And you don’t walk out of a church because you’re bored. You go to church to be bored–to have that time. And you can have it in your room in the lotus position or you can have it…

Becoming an Ex-Suicide

  The Marines have a saying, “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” We all love the soaring poetry of the Prayer of St. Francis, but have we even noticed that it ends with that jagged truth, “it is in dying that we are born to eternal life”? A cross lies…

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