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    May My Virtue Signals Be Transformed Into Love

    If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, […]

    If Our Sins Were Embroidered on Our Hats

    Recently, a friend texted me and another friend saying that she saw a couple at Trader Joe’s wearing hats embroidered with a provocative statement with which she disagreed. She politely walked up to them and engaged them in conversation (this friend is much braver than me), but they were unfortunately not receptive or interested in […]

    I Needed Grace Before Corona and I’ll Need it After, Too

    Internet Pep Talks, Finger-Pointing, and the Blessed Word

    An Exhausting Valentine’s Day c/o the “Religious Cards Section”

    Last week I found myself flipping through wedding cards, looking for the perfect one for a friend tying the knot this month. I always have high expectations to find what I never can — the perfect mix of sincerity, humor, a nice design, and not too much cheese. It’s an impossible task. And I’ve always […]

    The Sins of our Fathers: Disease and Low Anthropology

    Dr. Gabor Maté’s When the Body Says No was published 15 years ago, when I was in 7th grade (sorry boomers). At that point in my life, I had given my childhood very little critical thought, except that I should for sure have a later bedtime. In my mid-twenties, I find myself thinking about my […]

    In Defense of Snow

    A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,     make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up,     and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level,     and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be […]

    Always a Little Homesick

    This reflection was drawn from a recent sermon. [Abraham] set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents… They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in […]

    When We Are Distracted, God Is Mindful

    I’ve been practicing yoga for 8 years or so, on and off, which led me to meditation and the wonderful buzzword “mindfulness”. The idea of mindfulness is truly a beautiful one. It’s the concept of pausing long enough to bring us out of the minutiae of our day-to-day worries, and it encourages us to seek […]

    Microplastics and Macrograce

    I come from a family of Greek women that collect seashells. On every beach trip, we’d pack empty buckets and leave room in the car to lug our treasures home. I’ve since learned that stealing pounds of shells from beaches is not good practice for clams and snails (oops), but I still take at least […]

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