The Prayer of St. Francis

St. Francis is a hero of mine.  Below is a prayer attributed to him.  Whether or not he wrote it, the prayer perfectly describes the way we are meant to function by the life of Love Himself. *** Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring your love. Where there…

Mosaics, Quilts, and Piles of Socks

What should church “look like?”  How should we “do church?”  I hear these and similar questions bandied about regularly.  There are lots of different answers.  Some say we should “do church” like they did in the New Testament.  In reality, there was no single New Testament way of “doing church.”  There was a mosaic of…

Lord of the Dead and of the Living

Picture by Patrick Murphy Death and resurrection cannot be separated.  This is so obvious it seems like a platitude.  Often our words and thoughts divide these into separate categories.  For the sake of clarity it’s sometimes helpful to consider them separately.  But it’s disastrous in real life.  Perhaps we are too used to treating death…