Love, Pray, Dare

Saturday at dusk at a women’s retreat, twenty-five women gathered into a healing circle. Each held an unlit candle. The retreat centered on Blessed Mother, Mary, and on the floor in the middle of the circle burned a tall prayer candle with an image Our Lady of Guadalupe. The first woman lit her candle from…

God Is Wearing a Pretty Dress Today

The first time I spoke in church, I was around three years old. The priest processed down the aisle wearing a rose-colored chasuble, which they wear only once or twice each year. My mother says that I remarked loudly enough for the whole church to hear: “My, God is wearing a pretty dress today!” Everyone…

The Future Is In Your Belly

I have been in the final month of pregnancy with a child twice. I can assure you that time is unusual during that last month. The birthing never comes. Minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, it does not come. It is an impossible time, a time out of time. This is the…

The Rhythm of Wholeness

I went looking for a teacher, roaming far and wide and calling: “Teacher? Teacher? Who am I to be?” I found a prophet, tattered and bruised, with lightening thunder eyes. He stripped the fat from my tender hopes and fed it to the hungry ghosts beneath the bridge. I found a nanny with leaking teats. She watered the thistles with her…

Something is Wrong with This Woman’s Face

My first response to the most recent wave of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, was numbness. When I began to thaw, the next wave of emotion was terror. Then fury. Grief is the last to hit me, and the hardest to bear. My heart breaks as I watch video clips of white supremacists and white…

Bunkers Into Playgrounds

The prophet Isaiah admonished the people to unlearn the ways of war and beat swords into plowshares, to transform weapons designed to kill people into useful tools for sustaining them. At Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington, my son and I explored an enormous bunker that has become a bizarre, enchanted playground for…