New Music

The creative process is rarely linear. So, too, with the spiritual life. In the final days of 2017, as I began a two-month fast from all social media and news, my friend singer/songwriter Blake Flattley asked me if I’d help him write a liturgy. I had no idea what part of the writing I wasContinue reading “New Music”

The Glorious Vocation of Vin Scully

So many memories, so many tributes, but his life’s work says it all. Vin was born to do and be the voice of the Dodgers—a voice that at all times delighted in children and families,  captured moments in time that were greater than our own first-hand witness, and always—always—spoke of players, teams, umps, leagues, andContinue reading “The Glorious Vocation of Vin Scully”

Prayer for Our Daughters

May they never be lonely at parties Or wait for mail from people they haven’t written Or still in middle age ask God for favors Or forbid their children things they were never forbidden.   May hatred be like a habit they never developed And can’t see the point of, like gambling or heavy drinking.Continue reading “Prayer for Our Daughters”

Lovely Rheta

We lost someone dear last night. A woman whose faith came down through her family, through generations, and shone out through her with a twinkle that could not be mistaken for anything else. I loved Rheta Stoppel, and I will miss her dearly. We first became close almost twenty years ago, at one of those mission/visionContinue reading “Lovely Rheta”