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The Love Mandate

No one really uses the word “maundy” anymore in their daily lives. Which is why today can seem a little murkier than some of the other holy days in Lent.

Palm Sunday

Somewhere along the way Palm Sunday became Palm/Passion Sunday.

Bed Bugs

I suddenly realized I never had the faintest notion what it feels like to be truly ostracized by an entire community and I still don't.

Barefoot on Holy Ground

When Moses comes close to the burning bush God tells him to take off his sandals, because he is on holy ground. Part of me pictures a basket of shoes by God's own front door, because God doesn't want the mud and snow and salt tracked in the divine living room either. 

I Will Change Your Name

"God said to him, 'Your name is Jacob, no longer shall you be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.'"

All Saints Day

Every year on November 1, All Saints Day, I remember Sacred Heart cemetery in the town I grew up in.

The 11th Commandment

I have a theory: there was an 11th commandment that fell off the tablets.

Deacons Doing Dishes

The perfect definition of a deacon: "a glorified butler."

A Prayer for Tax Day

The fact is, lots of good things have happened in my life because people I never knew filed their 1040's.

Whispered in Your Ear

This, in essence, is what we whisper in the ear of anyone who comes to be baptized: "You are God's beloved." Those are the first words we hear. That is who we are.