Arise from Your Sleep

An inner nature (the true self) is waking up and life is no longer a series of events through which we pass, but rather a mystery within which we awaken. There is a growing awareness that we are made for something more than the small story of our human life. We are intended to reach a greater potential.

from Stars at Night

Coming of Dawn

The coming of the dawn is the rising up of an inner light. In that undefiled dawn, the soul opens wide to life’s essential wonder, and the hidden meaning of being here knocks on the door of the heart.

from Stars at Night

Lighten the Load

In order to live more fully from an opened heart, we are greatly assisted by lightening our agenda and by spending time being quiet, clearing the mind and listening. These efforts assure the heart’s continued opening, and are trustworthy guideposts when you are beginning to find your way.

from Stars at Night

Defining Myself

I am not defined by the story I tell or the experiences life has given me. I have experienced sorrow, but sorrow is not essentially who I am. I am the small green shoot of a flower making its way through the dark. I am the spirit experiencing what it is to be here in this form.

from Stars at Night

Our Daily Bread

To think of our own nourishment and satisfaction in terms of care for others and doing God’s work reshapes our understanding of the most basic Christian prayer: the Our Father. To be given our daily bread, to be nourished by the Lord, is to recognize the daily opportunities to see the needs of others and respond.

–from God Is Not Fair

Acts of Mercy

Jesus helps us to see more clearly. It’s when we do God’s work that our heart finds its true home. It’s when we help feed the hunger of others, share our resources with those in need, and replace our selfishness for the selflessness modeled by Jesus that we begin to recognize the true faith we seek.

–from God Is Not Fair

Be Selfless

Christ calls us to do something far more difficult than minding our own business and watching our own backs. It is to love, forgive, heal, and be merciful in the way that God is already with us, even if we are so preoccupied with ourselves that we cannot recognize it.

–from God Is Not Fair

Perfect Love

As the Gospel of John assures us: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.” May we strive to love perfectly and, in so doing, remain in God.

–from God Is Not Fair

Christian Discipleship

Too often we look to saints or other exemplars of Christian living and romanticize their famous actions or behaviors. What makes them models of Christian life is not some singular display of faithfulness, but instead the culmination of a lifelong effort to make the little things, like lunch or work, into moments of encountering others that then help proclaim the good news of God’s love to the world.

–from God Is Not Fair

Sins of Omission

It can be so satisfying and self-gratifying to assess our lives and actions by what we have done that we ignore the evangelical challenge to confess our responsibility for what we have failed to do.

from God Is Not Fair