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….


“Consider the lilies,” we read from the Sunday gospel. It’s a Jesus version of stop and smell the roses, wake up and smell the coffee, don’t dance faster than the song, or as they say in Paris, “prenez le temps de vivre.” We need to stop and become deeply aware of the richness, beauty and…

The Big Fix

I excel at self-diagnosis. When I developed continuous pain in my right knee, I decided that I needed that simple little arthroscopic surgery I once had on my other knee. They trimmed my meniscus and I was good to go. Accordingly, I made an appointment with an orthopedic doc. I’d get an MRI. Then I’d…

Remember Who You Are

  I have prayed it publicly at hundreds of baptisms, but yesterday it stuck in my throat. After the water has flowed and the rite is concluded we say, “Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin.” Water for cleansing….

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…