DAY (Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This Day… . When you think about it, the whole concept of sleep is kind of weird. If I were God, I would never have come up with that one. All of our communication with God and each other, all the salvation drama of each person’s life, plays out only in his conscious hours. So what’s the point of sleep? From the divine perspective, why bother adding that feature to the human person? Yeah, there’s the... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 128)

— 1 — Can anyone recommend a good book light? This is a more important question than it might seem at first glance, since book light issues have started to take over my evenings. I have this little ritual where I turn on my main book light, act surprised when it goes out, get up and curse at the cord while digging around behind my bedside table to try to fix it, give up and resort to my backup light, and spend my reading time grumbling about how the hue of this one hurts my eyes. I think my husband is probably ready for me to find a... Read More

Praying like you’re illiterate

Yesterday I hit a level of exhaustion like I have only rarely known before. This whole “third trimester” thing just is not working out for me this time around, and after a morning of huffing and puffing around the house to keep up with the kids (including the most spirited two-year-old God has ever created) I was on the brink of some kind of physical collapse. I was just about to toss an open box of granola bars on the kitchen floor, stagger to the couch and count on the kids’ survival instincts to do the rest, when the phone rang... Read More

THIS (Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us This… by Marc Barnes I’m happy to say I got the very best word to reflect on. I am of the belief that this was due to my good looks and great humility – for it certainly wasn’t due to my ability to meet a deadline – but I could be wrong, for Brandon Vogt is one stud of a writer, and he didn’t get my marvelous word. Whatever the reason, my word is this: “this”. And the word itself... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 127)

— 1 — I am currently in my annual period of mourning the end of Mother’s Day Out for the season. This year our two-, three- and four-year-old girls went two mornings a week, and it was great for everyone. The pre-school teachers are good at everything I’m bad at: they teach the kids songs, do arts and crafts, find creative ways to celebrate the liturgical year. The other day I walked in to see the teacher of the three-year-old class calmly supervising a table full of smock-wearing kids as they made something involving paper... Read More

Those “little” sins

This post was originally published on September 16, 2009. A couple years ago I had some serious angst about the neighborhood kids frequently ringing my doorbell and running. The problem was that they tended to do it during my kids’ naptimes, and the fact that they would beat the door a couple times and hit the doorbell about five times was always enough to startle my children and wake them. I even talked to them about it, explained the problems it caused me, and they looked me in the eye and said they wouldn’t do it anymore. And then... Read More

US (Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give Us… by Margaret Berns When Jennifer asked me if I’d take a word for this series, she wondered if the word “us” was okay. “I’ll take it!” I said, and then asked if I got to write five different posts. One for “Give us this day”…and one for “Forgive us our sins”…and one for “And lead us not”…and… “One post is all you get!”... Read More

Over at the Register…

I was faced with a choice yesterday: write a new post for my blog, or take a nap. The nap won. So here is an (admittedly phoned-in) round up of some stuff I’ve been writing at the Register that you all might enjoy: The top three most dangerous spiritual pitfalls of Facebook, Twitter and other social media My top 10 rap song recommendations for Christians Eight surprising facts about adopting HIV-positive children Pointing out that it’s never the perfect time to have kids Have a nice day!  Read More →

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 126)

— 1 — I am typing this at TOO-FREAKING-LATE o’clock on Thursday night. I was about to throw in the towel and just put up a linky list along with a note saying that I just didn’t get a chance to write my quick takes today, but I’m watching this documentary about climbing Everest and the swelling orchestra sounds and deep narrator’s voice got me all inspired. If you just replace “summit” with “write,” “world’s tallest mountain” with “blog post,” the show might... Read More

GIVE (Our Father, Word by Word)

Our Father Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed Be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As it Is in Heaven. Give… by Anna Mitchell GIVE.¬†Grammatically speaking, we have hit a turning in the Lord’s Prayer. It’s easier to see it in the Italian rather than in the English, so bear with me here. The first three verb phrases are as follows: sia sanctificato (hallowed be), venga (come), and sia fatta (be done). These are all in the subjunctive tense, which expresses a wish or desire. We desire His name to be hallowed, we hope... Read More

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