Sudden Death

Community / Family / Ordinary Life

Sudden Death Looking back to November of last year with all the cantankerousness and incivility of mid-term elections, on the day we voted we…

On being chided and rebuked

Community / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

A good friend chided me for showing frustration instead of patience with some friends. Actually, the correct term is rebuked, but “chided,” sounds better…

Busy, fast and distracted

Ordinary Life / Pluralistic World / Work and Rest

Last month I sat in a coffee shop in Portsmouth, NH —if you are ever in that lovely coastal city do have coffee at…

Expertise vrs. Wisdom

Discernment / Faith / Ordinary Life

Knowledge isn’t enough I’ve noticed recently that I hear a lot about expertise and being knowledgeable or informed, but I rarely hear anyone talk…

Fifty Years of Ordinary

Family / Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life

While we were away in October for our vacation, I expected to review the milestones of Fifty Years of Marriage. Isn’t that what people…

Faithfulness, Not Results

Maturity and Flourishing / Ordinary Life

“We are called to a selfless stewardship of all callings, cultures, and creation in a manner that is creative, life affirming, and God honoring,”…

Somewhere Near the End

Faith / Family / Ordinary Life / Spirituality

Earlier this summer we had this rather rash idea of taking Denis’ mother to Cinco de Mayo in West St. Paul. We knew she’d…

Stewardship in the Quotidian: The Kingdom in the Bathroom

Community / Discernment / Spirituality

The ethical dilemma of my Monday morning: what should I do about a nasty toilet seat? My local coffee shop only has one bathroom,…