August 1, 2020

During August I watch vegetable and flower gardens lose their luster and fruitfulness.  Brown, spent stems and leaves slowly replace the vibrant yellows, oranges and greens during earlier growing time, and I sense a different energy taking over. My next task is to pull out, rake up, and compost what provided so much pleasure for a while, for there is no way to breathe life back into them. I wouldn...

April 6, 2020

Lovely April!  I delight in watching remarkable flowers growing from bulbs, poking out of the soil, delighting me with their beauty - daffodils, tulips, narcissus!  All speak to me of resurrection during this holy season.

I clearly remember when someone told me that if I were to cut open a tulip or daffodil bulb before planting it, I would see the whole flower stored there; stem, leaves, bloom...

February 4, 2020

Everywhere I look this month I see that beautiful branching pattern.  Out my window I observe the oak tree with its trunk, boughs, branches, and twigs; the pine with its needle clusters; the spruce and its bunchy branching. On the ground it is evident in the veins in fallen leaves, in the roots reaching out across the land, and I know it is underneath the soil in root tips and fungi busy decomposi...

December 9, 2019

One year I chose to make my annual retreat during December, and someone commented that this was a poor choice as I would be missing the seasonal parties.  What I found however, was that I missed nothing!  All I had to do was look out a window or take a walk to celebrate December’s natural parties.

I observed downy, hairy, pileated, and red-bellied woodpeckers wildly flinging suet from the bird...

November 1, 2019

“The wildness of the Mystery of God cannot be contained.”  This quote from John Philip Newell’s The Book of Creation strongly captured my imagination one beautiful autumn morning; so, carrying the words in my heart, I headed out to Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary to encounter wildness and Mystery.

As I walked the trail I immediately found myself in the Presence. A lively frog jumped out of my w...

March 1, 2018

One of my favorite Mary Oliver quotes is taken from her poem Terns:

"But nothing you ever understand

will be sweeter, or more binding,

than this deepest affinity

between your eyes and the world."

I'm sure you have had that mystical experience of being entranced by a profound visual connection with nature. This time of year is perfect for nurturing that deepest affinity. La Vista provides stunning views...

December 17, 2017

 In a recent conversation I was reminded of the upcoming three feasts of light, or the three fires:  St. Brigid (Feb. 1) Candlemas (Feb. 2) and St. Blaise (Feb. 3). 

It is no coincidence that these feasts occur half-way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  They remind us that we are people of the light; born of stardust, inhabitants of a milky way of stars, membersof a pla...

August 10, 2017

Another opportunity to celebrate our rare, precious, and sacred planet - join a People's Climate March in your area.

Just before the 100th day of the Trump administration, Catholics will join the wider climate movement for a massive family-friendly march in the streets of Washington, D.C. and across the country.  We will "pray with our feet" and stand up for all that we love, urging Congress and th...

April 22, 2017

In his encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis reminds us: "Nonetheless, science and religion, with their distinctive approaches to understanding reality, can enter into an intense dialogue fruitful for both."

Celebrate our rare, precious, and sacred planet by joining a March for Science in your area!

Science serves all of us.  It protects our air and water, preserves our planet, saves lives with medic...

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