Why I Call Myself A Sinner

Here is the entirety of the prayer I use the most: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. It’s called the Jesus Prayer, and comes from the Orthodox tradition. I’m not sure where I came across it, but I started using it in as a breath prayer years ago. Concentrating […]

We Are Small Enough

No one tells you while you are in seminary that you might serve a very small church. A micro-church even, a church where you don’t have to have someone count every week for attendance—you can remember who was there and who was not. On a good day there are a little less than 20 people, […]

Labor of Pain, Labor of Love

I grew up Catholic. Not an Easter-and-Christmas Catholic. But an every-week-we-went-to-mass-and-my-great-grandmother-taught-us-the-rosary Catholic. We were Irish, loud, played bingo, had the priest over for dinner and I just assumed that everyone else lived the same way we did. I went to Catholic schools, wore the plaid skirts and knew the Stations of the Cross before I […]

The Gift of Charismatic Tears

Here’s the truth—I cry way too easily. Whenever I am emotionally invested in anything, the tears are never far away. This has been true for me as long as I can remember and it has taken me a long lifetime to learn that these tears are a gift. In truth, they are among the most […]

This Is Not “Exceptional” Spirituality

By Kelly Christian | Instagram: @kellychristianwrites In the mornings, I throw my hair into a bun and head towards the kitchen to fuss with the coffee pot. With the sounds of brewing in my waiting ears, I wander around in the morning light, checking to see if my indoor plants are drooping and peeking for […]