“There is always someone who doesn’t satisfy my need or someone who irritates me. Community is not some sentimental ideal place or time where everybody lives together, loves each other, and always gets along. That’s never going to happen. Rather, in living together we come to realize that community doesn’t require or offer total emotional Read more about “There is alway…[…]
A part-time position was posted a couple weeks ago at the women’s homeless shelter where I volunteer a few hours on Sundays, and for a solid 10 days I was wondering: Me? Should I? The perks were leaving my house for 12 to 20 hours a week; which, during a polar vortex, sounds like the Read more about If parenting doesn’t kill me …[…]
I will never be able to offer 100 people a meal and a bed each night. I know the beauty of the homeless shelter at which I volunteer on Sundays: it’s warm, it’s clean. It offers beds and meals and hope. I see guests make friendships, and kids get high-fives from staff and other guests. Read more about Moving from the philosophical to the concrete[…]
The copy I hold now of “The Long Loneliness” by Catholic Worker movement co-founder Dorothy Day is a book for book lovers: smooth paper, slightly musty smell, and beautiful woodcuts. And Day is a subtly moving writer; a trained journalist, a powerful example of making a life of doing the next right thing and loving Read more about Not invincible; not even a little bit[…]
“(In church) we rarely talk about how we could meet one another’s basic needs. It doesn’t often occur to Christians that this is what the church is about.” — “New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today’s Church,” by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
Listening is a very vulnerable stance. … True listening has become increasingly difficult in churches and institutions, where people remain on their guard, afraid to expose their weaker side, eager to be recognized as successful and bright. In our contemporary competitive society, listening often is a way of ‘checking the other person out.’ It is Read more about Fully listening[…]
God help us if this dinosaur thing, this evolution thing is the stumbling block. God help us. If someone on the fence, if someone curious, if someone lonely and looking for a better way — if they looked to Christ and saw us talking about dinosaurs on the ark … God help us. If Read more about The missing link in the evolution discussion is that we shouldn’t get stuck there[…]
She mentioned off-hand that she had moved here not long ago, and that sort of talk is my foot in the door. “Where are you from?” I collect people’s geography like others note hairstyles or cars. “Here, but we’ve lived the last eight years in Wisconsin.” Midwesterners love the Midwest. I can attest. My new dental Read more about Moving’s hard, but sometimes so is staying[…]