By Faith

Yesterday was the celebration of All Saint’s Day in many churches around the globe. Being raised in the Catholic tradition, I’ve been familiar with many of the saints since early on. St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost items. St. Francis, patron saint of animals and ecology. St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel. Mother Mary, her very life lifted to saintly levels being the mother of Christ. Saints, in the Catholic tradition, are those who’ve lived virtuous lives, demonstrated extraordinary holiness, and performed miracles. All Saint’s Day is a holy day in the Catholic church to commemorate the lives…

Discarding Masks

In my youth, during one of my final years of trick or treating, I chose to be a ghost. Easy enough costume. I simply put a sheet over my head with two holes cut out for eyes and an oval shaped mouth created with a sharpie marker. In my imagination, this idea was whimsical and simple. But, then, I left my house. The bottom part of the white sheet draped on the floor causing a tripping hazard. Every time I moved, the sheet shifted, as did the eye holes causing an inability to see. The idealistic thoughts of me eloquently…

Thoughts on Healing

What is your reaction when you hear these two words: God’s healing? Is it joy? Heartache? Questions? Anger? Wonder? Doubt? Or, maybe, something other. God’s healing has been a conundrum for me for some time. Where some have stories of instant healing, others remain ill, be it from physical or mental addictions, disease, or heartache. Where some in the world live life with health, wealth and vibrancy, others in the world lack for clean water and medical opportunity. When the news we watch is full of toxicity and evil in the world; it makes me wonder, “Where is God’s healing?”…