One of my favorite biblical stories is the one from the gospel of John chapter 21. It is a post resurrectional story of Jesus meeting his disciples on the beach in the early morning. The disciples are fishing but catching very little. Jesus instructs them to cast their nets to the other side of the boat […]

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In California we have an unrelenting heat wave the first few weeks of September most every year. It is summer’s final farewell, and like a low grade fever, we enter a period of internal struggle, which favors achievement over idleness. As much as I miss those lazy crazy days I also crave the structure and […]

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“You think this is just another day in your life? It is the one day that is given to you. Today is a gift, it is the only gift you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness,” brother David Steindl-Rast. This day is unique. The people we encounter, the words we speak, […]

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The bed is warm but it’s not my own. I’m curled up in the fetal position, on high alert, waiting for the soft call in the dark. I go to her at midnight, at four in the morning, and again at seven. She’s weak, disoriented, and dependent on my strength. This is a vocation of […]