Jesus' Spiritual Laws: Living the Beatitudes

    The Beatitudes   Matthew 5:3-12   Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven....more

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the ...more

It's a girl thing.

So, I'm extremely annoyed at a reasonably well-known person this week....more

Corn and Courage

It seems we often reflect on “sayings” from our Mom that we remember for the rest of our life.  Those like, “Always wear good underwear in case you have to go to the hospital”.  (Definitely important to remember, although I have to say that the few times I’ve been in the hospital I really didn’t care whether my underwear looked “good” or not.)  Yet, we don’t seem to reflect as often on the things our Dad told us that stick with us forever.  So, in honor of Father’s Day, I decided to consider some “Dad Sayings” that I sti...more

Younger Women And The Check Mark For Elder Respect...

For the moms out here who have a certain anxiety in the pit of their stomachs as daughters fast approach those hormonal/unsettling teenage years? I say, you're just preparing for the war! A teen daughter's mishaps, uncertainties and learning curves, will ultimately pass over without too much fanfare if she's raised with the best of motherly& fatherly advice and attention- hopefully. In real time, it's often the single mom who is doing the raising where she has become both parents; mom and dad to her teenaged daughter....more

DAY SEVEN: Seven Days of Wisdom for Mothers

“Holy One,” a disciple is said to have asked a master within the context of a traditional “school” of learning. “What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?” The Holy One answered: “When you have knowledge, you use a torch to show the way. When you are wise, you become the torch.”...more

DAY FIVE: Seven Days of Wisdom for Mothers

Historian Caroline Walker Bynum has observed in her book Holy Feast and Holy Fast that “women’s symbols express contradiction and opposition less than synthesis and paradox” (1988, p. 289). There is in feminine sensibility a movement toward union rather than disengagement....more

DAY FOUR Seven Days of Wisdom for Mothers

The Mother remembered when she had cradled her Daughter in her arms, an infant of possibility and delight. Now the Daughter stood full to her own height and carried burdens beyond her own capacity. “Tell me of my early days,” the Daughter implored. “Was I always gazing at the moon, looking for Something Else?” “Yes,” remembered the Mother. “And thus the Child extends the boundaries of the Mother from the first day of its life. This is a part of what is meant by Immortality.”...more

Words of Wisdom Wednesday.

Since I fancy myself a modern day confusious, *insert sarcastic laugh here*, I figured I would turn my Wednesdays into Words of Wisdom Wednesday. ...more

DAY THREE: Seven Days of Wisdom for Mothers

While general rules can be helpful in evaluating life’s values: “Wise conduct is pleasure to a person of understanding” (Prov. 10:23b), women’s wisdom acknowledges  the ambiguity and fluidity of life’s besetting issues and fluctuating situations. And effectively implementing women’s wisdom always requires something more—an actualized understanding—to come to the fore and literally bring life out of chaos. “The mother’s service is nearest, readiest and surest,” concluded fourteenth-century English mystic Julian of Norwich in her Showings....more

Book Review: Becoming Flame (Mother's Day gift!)

Mother's Day became an American national holiday in 1914, but most would agree that mothers deserved praise and celebration long before that....more

Thank you, Emily!

Also see my excerpts in daily blogs on Seven Days of Wisdom for Mothers ...more