The Soil of Hope

Words are powerful things. Words, written and proclaimed, have started revolutions, brokered peace treaties, and founded nations. Whispered words have united hearts, formed families, and calmed anxieties. Words can call new realities into existence. Words can build up...

The Soil of Compassion

As a new year dawns, many will be making resolutions, looking to make changes, and searching for ways to meaningfully connect with the Divine. The truth is, we all want our life to have purpose and meaning. We want to invest in something beyond the humdrum of our...

The Divine Harmony

I started playing the trombone at age eleven. As any parent of a first year band student can attest, those first sounds could be described by many different adjectives. “Beautiful” or “musical” are probably not high on the list of options, however. For weeks, the goal...

A Christmas Letter

By Steven Norris       In 2005, my life was changed forever with the birth of our first child. Shortly after he was born, I began writing him letters, trying to explain the many ways that his presence in this world had impacted my spiritual life, my understanding of...

Joyful Resistance

When I opened the that present – the one I had been longing for and begging for as a child – it was there. When I saw her walking down the aisle – her radiant smile lighting the chapel and holding me entranced – it was there. When I watched as...

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Paz, pax, paix, pace, friede, salam, dohiyi, or eirene. It doesn’t really matter what language you use to say it, the concept of “peace” is at the heart of the Advent season. The carols we sing reflect it well: “Silent night, holy night…Sleep in heavenly peace,” “It...

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