Monthly Archives: January 2010

Rowing as a Form of “Faith-Rest”

A student in my upper-level medieval literature class e-mailed me her thoughts recently on what she calls “faith-resting.” She was following up on the class in which we discussed Psalm 46:10 and “resting” in Christ as an activity (or a … Continue reading

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What is humility?

A good dictionary will tell us that humility has several different meanings: The first is “the quality of being humble,” which makes me look up humble: “not proud or arrogant, modest”; the second definition listed for humility is “having a … Continue reading

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Resumes and Rest

In class today, my upper-level college students and I were discussing Benedict’s Rule. I am always fascinated by what today’s Facebooking, texting college students find relevant in this timeless, wise work. Students keep on raising their hands and saying how … Continue reading

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Paronomasia

All great writers love paronomasia. They are, you could even say, addicted to it. Paronomasia is not chocolate. It’s just the fifteen-dollar word for “pun.” And *ahem* it is easy to spell incorrectly because its etymology is para- for “beside” … Continue reading

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Serendipity

One of the reasons I love my husband is because he is my best teacher. You may expect me to say that his agape love for me has taught my soul many freedoms, and that is true. Sean has also … Continue reading

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Escalation Specialist

When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. (John 15:26) Nevertheless, I am telling you the truth, it is for … Continue reading

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Lord, make me like a pair of leather gloves from Rouen.

I like a good challenge. I like a good challenge because one day I will be dead, and every day that I do not accept life with an open mind and a vulnerable heart, I have lost precious living time. … Continue reading

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Hurting People Hurt People

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the … Continue reading

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Conversations with a Teenager

While anyone might think that that blog title is oxymoronic, thankfully, that is not true . . . yet. Despite my daughter’s having to put up with a forty-nine-year old mother who dresses like a candidate for What Not to … Continue reading

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The Stichomythia of Texting

Is anybody other than me totally enamored with the poignant stichomythia of texting? I don’t mean I love having to press a button three times to produce a “c” (because I gave my Vu upgrade to my daughter when she … Continue reading

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Following Christ: A Lenten Reader to Stretch Your Soul

Woah. The last time, dear friend, that I posted a blog was December 17, and I look at that date with incredulity because it is only twenty days ago, as chronological days go; and yet in my soul it feels … Continue reading

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