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Watch for the Light

When I was a boy I had a sleepover with my cousin Mark, who lived on a farm about twenty miles from my town. I don’t remember how old I was but I will never forget the deep anxiety that settled over me when Mark and I hopped into our bunk beds and my aunt…

The Cat Who Became the Avatar of My Heart

After fifteen years I am preparing to leave Saint Luke’s and take up a new calling in Philadelphia. It’s big. In every way. Moving is ranked among the top five major stressors, in the same league with divorce, death of a loved one, major illness and job loss. But when people ask how the move…

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

You can’t always get what you want But if you try sometime you might find You get what you need -The Rolling Stones If God really loved us he would give us what we ask for. That’s the assumption we bring to prayer. But what if God sometimes withholds something precisely because of his love?…

What To Do After a Synagogue Shooting

Hundreds of us poured into church on Sunday with no particular worry for our safety or that of our children. As I walked to church early that morning I thought, What if I were not a priest but a rabbi, on my way not to my church but to my synagogue? I wondered how Jewish…

Transmitter or Transformer

Consider the analogy of energy circuits: Most of us are relay stations; only a minority are transformers—people who actually change the electrical charge that passes through us. -Richard Rohr Unless you’re nothing like me, we all like to transmit our pain. Grumpy people want the whole house to know just how grumpy they really are….