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Pang (a poem about preaching)

Pang* What can sustain us through the Winter? Cans of green beans, I guess, creak-creak opened by weary pastors with their key-to-scripture can openers, limp calories forked onto our plates by servers like ourselves who’ve long since forgotten there’s any such thing as local produce— any such thing as tureens of slow-cooked winter stew mindfully prepared; fresh-baked bread, warm, broken, […]

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First Principle and Foundation

One of my first tasks in going through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in 2005 was to meditate on the First Principle and Foundation and come up with my own way of saying it: Why do I exist? My cat Rosie would lounge on my lap during these meditations…napping, dozing, stretching, purring, and just generally reveling in my company. I began to notice […]

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To be found

Luke 15:8–9 Suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.” This Sunday’s scripture is one I […]

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