Before Cloistering, Immersion

Before “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” became commonplace terms… Before closings and cancellations… Before the hoarding of toilet tissue, hand sanitizer, and water bottles… We had one last hurrah. You never know when the last time will be last, until you look back. It seems much longer than less than two weeks ago… To…

Giving up for Lent

When I was a child, I remember Lent as a time for “giving up,” which generally meant refraining from consuming something tangible like candy or soda. Since we didn’t have everyday access to such treats, giving them up was not much of a sacrifice. The forty days of Lenten preparation are like New Year’s resolutions…

Less Pluribus, More Unum

If you watch a construction project from start to finish, you learn that it’s easier to tear down than to build up. A bulldozer can make short work of knocking down a building, although the demolition phase is usually purposeful, not indiscriminate. Once the structure is leveled and piles of debris hauled away, it can take…

Do you see what I see?

We were taking an evening walk with a three-year-old around Christmas time. “Let’s walk as far as the tree with the red and green lights.” He looked puzzled, turning from side to side, and asked: “What tree?” “That tree in front of us that looks like a big carrot.” It seemed impossible to miss. “Don’t…

20/20 Foresight

A new year seems full of promise, inspiring hope, and for some, prompting goal setting. Among the variety of winter holidays to celebrate, one that generally passes without notice or recognition is the day goals die. Psychologists have determined that January 12th is the expiration date for most New Year’s resolutions—less than a two week…