Day by Beautiful Day

We had warm, beautiful, sunny weather much of last week. It got close to 70 degrees on many days, and I couldn’t help reflecting on the stark contrast with New England, where we used to live, as the highs there were in the single digits (not counting the wind chill)...

What is Enough?

Much of this past week has been devoted to my edit of the book about the abbess in seventeenth-century France. One morning I found myself pondering a major struggle in her life, and how it connects with my own developing agenda for 2015. This abbess was a reformer, in...

An Advent Tree

Happy Liturgical New Year! Sometime last year Henry and I purchased a rather unusual Christmas tree. We found it in a store in the small town of Palomas, Mexico, just across the border from Columbus, New Mexico. Standing as tall as we are and formed of curving metal...

Are You Still Waiting?

Christmas has come. The gifts have been opened, the feast consumed, the wrapping paper taken out with the trash or burned in the fireplace. You might still have visitors visiting, or you might be one of those visitors yourself. Or you might already be back at work,...

The Waiting Season

Advent is a season of waiting. Waiting for Christmas, for the birth of the Christ child. It’s also the season in which the church focuses on waiting for that second coming of Christ, promised to the early Christians but still, as we see it, waiting to be fulfilled....