personal

Encouragement

It's funny what power encouragement can have when we let it. At least for me, encouragement has the potential to light a spark that keeps my fire (of faith and of creativity) going for quite a while. I don't usually stop and meditate on the topic of encouragement, but Kate Rademacher, author of the memoir… Continue reading Encouragement

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cultural issues, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual

Podcasts: Top 10

I never thought I'd say this, but I love podcasts. In recent months and years, there seems to have been an accelerating boom of podcasts, including numerous that align with my interests -- and the purposes of this blog -- centering aroundĀ faith and/or mental health. Here's my current favorites, in alphabetical order because I can… Continue reading Podcasts: Top 10

mental health & wellness, spiritual

“who leads me into life”

It was the day after Ash Wednesday, and I still didn't know what to give up for Lent. I sat down with a spiritual director and, as I answered her initial inquiry of "How is it with your soul?" (or something equally lovely and tender), a list of stressors started spilling forth from my mouth:… Continue reading “who leads me into life”

church, ministry, Scripture, spiritual

Voluntold: A Homily for the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle

Offered today at the noon Eucharist at Church of the Holy Family... Acts 1:15-26 Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested… Continue reading Voluntold: A Homily for the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle

book reflections, cultural issues, personal

Best of ’17

The past few years, at the end of the calendar year, I've posted a list of my favorite books read, blogs read, and blogs written. But I've been less actively blogging in 2017 and more actively writing other things (because, well, grad school!), as well as pretty actively living, learning, serving, and so on. So,… Continue reading Best of ’17