There are layers of history in Rome—“layers like lasagna”—one tour guide suggested. Literally, layers were built on top of layers, buildings that had been destroyed by war and natural disaster were covered with dirt and new buildings were erected over ruins. Symbolically, many Christian churches were built over ancient pagan sites. The architecture, art, and religious… Continue reading Rome ~ Layers Like Lasagna
It’s been a little over a month since I’ve returned from Rome. I’ve reported on official business of the Oblate Congress in a four-part blog series on Being Benedictine. It takes me awhile to unpack my feelings and the higher purpose or meaning within my experiences, but I’m getting there. For so many months I was filled… Continue reading Rome: Packing and unpacking can be a lot of work
Confession: I feel a little guilty for taking nine days off during the school year. Truth: But not enough that I wouldn’t seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Rome. It’s unheard of for a teacher to take off two weeks during the school year. First, we only get eleven days off for sick or… Continue reading Rome: Confessions, Truths and Carpe Diem!
People who don’t give money to the homeless because they think it will be spent on alcohol and not food should ask themselves what guilty pleasures they are secretly spending money on, Pope Francis said. “There are many excuses” to justify why one doesn’t lend a hand when asked by a person begging on the street.… Continue reading God Loves a Cheerful Giver
There are many ways to pray. Really all of life can, and should, be a prayer. We are never not in connectedness with God, but it is in prayer that we become aware of this union even more. Recently, I shared an experience of walking a labyrinth, an ancient portal to prayer that has only… Continue reading Many Ways to Pray: Take a Hike
I received the gift of the Holy Spirit when I was nine years old. It took many months of catechism class to prepare to receive the sacrament of Holy Confirmation in the Catholic Church. There were dozens of questions about doctrine and faith to study, like: What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward sign… Continue reading St Benedict, St. Scholastica and Spiritual Friendship
Last week I enjoyed the stability of an icy day. The Benedictine vow of stability provides for our need to be rooted in Christ, to be grounded in the present moment, and practicing gratitude regardless of our circumstances and of the uncertain future. Seasons come and go, “but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah… Continue reading An ICY snow day reflection