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”

cultural issues, spiritual

Prayers of the People: A 2016 Rendition

Last summer, the Internet started asking questions like "Is 2016 the Worst Year In History?" and compiling collections like "Tweets That Perfectly Sum Up 2016 So Far." I'm not usually one to catastrophize like that. But, after this past week, I toss up my hands and say yes, 2016 has lost its mind. Then, alongside the… Continue reading Prayers of the People: A 2016 Rendition

arts & creativity, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual, writing

Maybe We Belong Here

"How is this real life?" I asked myself this question every day last week, while attending the Glen Workshop, which is self-described as "equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat." My question emerged from a mixture of feeling awestruck and unworthy. It's a feeling any of us might get if we happen to… Continue reading Maybe We Belong Here

mental health & wellness, Scripture, spiritual

Jesus Heals a (Sort Of) Paralytic

Paralysis by analysis: the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. ~~~~~~~~~~ I used to be paralyzed. In the paralysis by analysis sense, I mean. While wrapping up my undergraduate degree and for several months thereafter, I had a variety of options -- too… Continue reading Jesus Heals a (Sort Of) Paralytic

community, mental health & wellness, work & vocation

We Need To Talk

"We need to talk." What do you think of when you hear those words? I've been realizing over the last several months that, when I hear something like that, I immediately assume the worst. I worry, sometimes for days, that either a) I'm in trouble or b) someone close to me is in trouble. But… Continue reading We Need To Talk