Reflections on Ordinary Time

In the Christian church calendar, we’re in the midst of the longest “season” of the year, entitled Ordinary Time. Unlike Lent or Easter, Advent or Christmas, this time is considered nothing special—although there are certain special days thrown in, such as yesterday...

New Mexico Foliage

It’s not as spectacular as the foliage in New England, but New Mexico has its own special beauty in the fall.On our hike this past week, we did not find fields filled with color. Instead, we saw spots of color highlighted amidst an evergreen and desert-brown...

Changing Seasons

In the US today we all got the opportunity to sleep in a bit, as daylight savings time ended at 2 am. The weather is cooling off and the days are shorter. Those who live where the leaves change color have experienced, in many places, a spectacular season (this photo...

Allergies

It’s spring. The pollen map on my phone’s weather app makes it crystal clear that anyone with allergies is probably suffering if they live in New Mexico—and most of the rest of the country as well. It’s a mystery why my body would want to treat its native environment...

Rest

A few days ago I returned to my winter prayer spot. When the weather gets colder, many birds migrate south; I migrate to the guest room. The sun streams into our guest room in the mornings, and in the summer we keep the shades closed all day long. As the weather cools...