No room at the inn

No room at the inn

One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot this Advent is that there was no room at the inn. Allow me to explain. It’s all too easy to take the uncertainty (and frankly, the humor) out of the Nativity story. Mary’s a young, unwed mom-to-be whose first reaction when...
Lenten Practices: Prayer

Lenten Practices: Prayer

There are more than three weeks in Lent, but there are traditionally three things that Christians commit to during Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If I tried to do a series of posts that stretched the entire duration of Lent, you’d only have a few days to...
Book Review: Church Militant Field Manual

Book Review: Church Militant Field Manual

My blessed wife gave to me for Christmas what I consider to be the most important book in my library, Fr. Richard M. Heilman’s Church Militant Field Manual. In case you are not familiar, the Church Militant refers to one of three parts of the Communion of Saints...
The Spirituality of the Craftsman

The Spirituality of the Craftsman

I’m a craftsman.  Yarn is my medium, and hooks and needles are my tools.  I don’t call myself a crafter, because to me that implies too much of the arts and crafts of summer camp and too little of the skill required to do what I do.  I won’t go so...