A feminine face of God

As recounted in all four gospels in the Bible, Mary of Magdala was first to encounter Jesus after the resurrection — a woman! Over millennia, she has been vilified, erroneously called a prostitute. A retraction in 1969 by Pope Paul VI started the process of redeeming her reputation and clearing her name. In June 2016,…

Right in front of your nose

When we lived in Tampa, a hurricane was forecast. The usual buildup preceded its arrival: shopping for essential supplies, securing potential projectiles, monitoring evacuation orders. We were aware of the predictions about the storm’s timing, path and strength but planned to shelter in place. My husband’s impending deployment took precedence over the weather.  When we…

A threshold moment

  The last trip we made before the world shut down was to New York City, spending Leap Day 2020 in Times Square. Planes, trains and elevators — close quarters without contact precautions. From Reagan National, we flew to Newark Airport, took the Airtrain and a NJ transit train to Penn Station in NYC. We…

A creation story in three acts

Many cultures invent creation stories to transmit how it all began. You may be familiar with Adam and Eve and the garden. Depending on your belief system, you might consider it historically accurate or a myth. We’re currently dealing with a different creation story –  a virus. Act 1: Once upon a time… It seemed…