Holy Gaze of Art

Today, I share with you an article I wrote for Columbia Theological Seminary, titled “The Holy Gaze of Art” The Holy Gaze of Art Have you ever let words fall away? I don’t mean a week long silent retreat or a time of quiet meditation in your day. Rather, have you ever placed books, articles, podcasts, news and teachings of others aside to deeply listen in to your personal wisdom for a stretch of time? As a lifelong lover of words and knowledge, I’m naturally a seeker of revelation. With anticipation, I can hardly wait for who the next revelation…

What is Real? (ramblings)

What is real? I don’t think it’s any secret.I search for the true.For too long, this truth I sought came from outside my body.I was trained to believe the experts.Those who study harder, know better and have the answers.They are above me — or so I believe.Blindly, I ingest their words as “what is real”. As a young mom, I sit in a doctor’s office. With trepidation, I admit I may be in a state of mild depression. The wise doctor looks at me and says, “No you don’t. I know depression and you don’t have it.” He babbles on….

Feast of Mary Magdalene (Legacy of Voice and Heart)

Today, I celebrate Mary Magdalene —and her story with Christ. She had an intimate friendship with Christwhose presence transformed her. Yet, her experience with Christ wasn’t believed: From Mark 16:1-20, Mary was the first to encounter the risen Christ,“Excitedly, Mary told them, “He’s alive and I’ve seen him!” But even after hearing this, they didn’t believe her.” From the Gospel of Mary Magdalene (page 17 v14-20)once Mary Madelene was given access to sacred knowledge from Christand she shared it with the other disciples, “And Peter added:How is it possible that the Teacher talkedin this manner, with a woman,about secrets of…

Something to Celebrate (More on Soul Care)

This is no ordinary day. Today, she hears it said,“Love your neighbor as yourself.”* (as yourself)(as yourself) This echo ripples through her core. She had never heard it this way.It was usually:Love God. Love others.The end. (as yourself)(as yourself) There it is again. A bell rings within. “If I’m to love my neighbors as myself, How DO I love myself?” she ponders. Her non-stop days of hustle bustle come to mind.Quick eating. Limited exercise. Doing for others. Crumbs leftover for herself. She catches a snippet of harsh self-criticism in her mind;a thought she’d never dare say to another. Hmph. (as…

A Prescription for “Just So”

Who is “Just So” and WHY does she matter? Well, let me tell you — “Just So” is a little tight, a constrained sorta dame.She has a tendency to be wary of anything TOO colorful. “Just So” saunters in to say, “My oh my, sure is dirty in this house. Gotta get your cleaning done before you can create.” “Just So” splits work from fun:“Work and pleasure cannot be had together. And THAT’S the end of the discussion.” “Just So” takes charge of the destination rather than to enjoy the flow of the river:“I’ve got the map and first aid…