Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Sky’s a Changing

On this December 24, 2010, the Earth continues in its orbit around the sun.  We’re just coming out of the longest night of the year.  What a great plan the Creator has, to distribute the light and the warmth of the sun for all parts of this globe as it spins and orbits!
I’m reminded that even as we welcome the birthday of God-in-our-midst, we are dirtying the blanket of air that has been just right for our lungs.  How to cut down on carbon dioxide emissions?   I want to honor the gift of clean air, this wonderful Christmas gift, and make sure that generations to come will have a Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sister; Brother

Hello!   I would like to be a mystic.  A mystic sees every creature as brother/sister.  That would be cool!  Instead of a dead landscape out there, a mystic sees (and feels?) the relationship between him/her and the squirrel, the trees which have their sap in the ground , the bird, that stranger who no longer is stranger, etc.

Saint Francis even called death his sister:  “Sister Death from whom no one can escape. . ..”  I would be content right now if sleep were my sister and came to me all during the night.  Maybe if I were a mystic, she would relate with me better.

Friday, December 10, 2010


Sometimes people say, “I don’t believe in a personal God”.  What I understand them to say is that they don’t believe there is a God who can love or think or enjoy. . . .   They may be imagining that God is some HUGE POWER and that’s it.
My question is:  “If I can love and think and enjoy, why couldn’t  God?”  I do believe that God is a very personal entity – more “personal” than I can imagine.
People are now setting up their Christmas cribs to bring attention to the Baby most of all.  My faith tells me that at one point in history God (the Word of God) was made flesh, starting as a baby – receiving love and responding lovingly, learning and beginning to think, enjoying his environment, and even crying to let his needs be known.  The wonder of Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Great Network

Hello; Blessings to you from central Minnesota! 

Yesterday I took my brother who is blind to the doctor.  The sidewalks were layered with ice and snow, so he could not use his white cane.  He hung on to me, grabbing my elbow the best he could.  At one time he “lost” me; his thick gloves impeded him from holding on tight.  As I looked back I could see that he was really lost, in total darkness, not knowing which way to go.  His blindness is so total that I have found myself acknowledging the reality:  he is blind all the time, not just for this or for that!  (What must that be like!!)

A debility like blindness opens up to me the great world of our interdependence.  I chose a picture of a spider web for my blog because it expresses so well how one part depends on/sustains the other parts.  I also like the fact that no part of the web is more or less important than any other part!  When I am in darkness for not knowing or for not being able, I thank God for my sisters and brothers who can help me out.  Actually, our great and wonderful Creator-Sustainer arranges this great network.  May God be praised!