Tea & Angelus

One of the first suggestions I offer when encouraging a person to make time for a prayer practice is to tie it to an existing habit. Having spent many years in ...

Observing Celtic Advent & Liturgical Time

This is the tenth year of the Contemplative Cottage Advent Calendar. I studied for my MDiv at a school embedded in a monastic community. Each day, we gathered f...

Gardening Hearts – A Sermon

Once upon a time there was unfortunate young boy (or maybe he was very fortunate) who got swept into an adventure with some other children he despised. Thorny, ...

Spiritual Gardening: The Hope of Glory

Between the Ascension and Pentecost, the disciples waited and prayed, wondering what was next. We are waiting in uncertainty. How might we join those first disc...

Crowning Mary

One of the traditions for May 1st is the crowning of Mary, as a way to honor her yes to God to bear and raise Jesus. It honors her life of discipleship, present...

Descended to the Dead

One of the observances for Holy Saturday is the harrowing of hell, that point in the creed where it says, “He descended to the dead” – descens...

What World Are We Living In?

This past Sunday, I preached a sermon on Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-11, and the Passion according to Matthew 26:14-27:66. If you are looking for a word of h...

31 Days on Cultivating Sanctuary

In December 2008, I published the first post to my blog. At the time, I was living in a large apartment building in the Allston/Brighton neighborhood of Boston ...