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Decolonization Is The Boldest Love Letter I Can Write

To accept the divine invitation to decolonize is to commit to writing the boldest love letter yet. But you won’t realize this for a while. At first you will feel your spirit brewing a dangerous cocktail of rage and lament. There is so much brokenness around you—in your neighborhood, in your community, in your newsfeed, in you. Once upon a time, you were committed to … [Read More]

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Coming Undone

A couple of Christmases ago, one of my daughters gave me a fun gift—a small, gray corrugated board-in-a-frame with a set of white letters and numbers that can be … [Read More]

I Am Age

To say that I am ageless Implies that age does not matter Or should not matter Or I should hope and pray that it does not matter. As if aging is to be feared … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: No Other Gods Discussion

I knew the Rosary and the Ten Commandments before I knew the Pledge of Allegiance. I knew the Stations of the Cross before I ever heard we had a constitution of the … [Read More]

Why I Read Controversial Books With My Kid

My seven-year-old daughter and I just finished reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It took us all summer with stops and starts because of camping trips and visits … [Read More]

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The Red Couch: No Other Gods Introduction

This summer, my seven-year-old asked why we need speed limits. I thought a moment before replying, “Well, I think it’s because we have trouble loving our neighbors without rules. In a perfect world, every driver would be thinking about kids playing and other … [Read More]

Wild Landscapes Wanted

By Patricia Alderman | Twitter: @patricialderman A small suburb of my hometown contains several homes designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. They were built in the 1940s when the area was completely rural; getting there meant you had to drive out to … [Read More]

Dismantle What You Must

About two hours from our city there is a provincial park that houses an old dam that has been abandoned for nearly 70 years. In 1951, a more efficient dam was built and this old one was shut down and partly dismantled. There are endless hiking paths to explore … [Read More]

An Untidy Story of Grief

Several years ago, I lost a deeply important person in my life. He was quite literally here one day and gone the next. In the hours that followed, shock eventually gave way to a grief that pulsed like an open wound—raw, aching, excruciating to even the … [Read More]

Learning to Live in the Incomplete

“You just can’t see it yet like I can,” she said, gesturing toward the kitchen counter she promised would boast a pantry big enough for all our needs once the project was finished. She was right; all I could see was the room of storage boxes and suitcases, … [Read More]

Women of the Renovation

Remember that day when you touched the edge of Jesus’ garment? Remember when you took that long journey, first within yourself—because you had to walk that long, lonely journey within first—and then all the way from the edges of the crowd right to the feet … [Read More]

Is This Renovation? Beatitudes and New Diagnoses

In January, I went to my gynecologist mildly concerned about some itchiness and pain in my nether regions. I expected a simple diagnosis—some kind of weird bacterial infection or an allergic reaction. Instead, I learned that I have a chronic condition called … [Read More]

The Red Couch: The Next Worship Discussion

In the early stages of dating, I invited my now husband to come along with me and another of our friends to a Taize service held monthly at a local Franciscan Friary. The service, shaped by meditative silence, prayer, and chants was one I attended regularly. … [Read More]

Read This It’s Good News

Sometimes the world feels heavy and dark and we need to be reminded of all the good stuff so this week we’re bring you five articles that are good news. From hope to glory, love to peace, these articles remind us that we are on a good road and we’re travelling … [Read More]

Writing Love Letters To Our Bodies

Summer can be a particularly hard time of year to be a woman in a body.  Many of us have complicated relationships with our bodies and with the sheer number of messages telling us to be more of this and less of that, it’s no wonder we have a hard time seeing … [Read More]