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Radical Hospitality: A New Commandment

Posted on: March 25th, 2016

Maundy Thursday is all about relationships – about Jesus’ relationship with the disciples as well as with the political authorities; about our relationship with Jesus; about our relationships with each other.  And because it’s about relationships, it’s also about hospitality.  Jesus gathers with his disciples in the context of that most ancient feast – the […]

Be Still and Know

Posted on: February 29th, 2016

Photo by SSJD During my time living with the Sisters, I was preparing an opening devotional for a meeting of Baptist deacons, and I thought of Psalm 46, verse 10: “Be still and know that I am God.” We are all busy people who have full lives with many concerns and responsibilities which often compete for […]

An Experiment in Monastic Living

Posted on: February 11th, 2016

An inspiring 3-minute video was released today in England, about The Community of St. Anselm at Lambeth Palace where young people from around the world are spending a year living in God’s rhythm — not unlike the Companions on the Way program that we Sisters of St. John the Divine envision to begin September 2016. […]

Millennials and the Church: A Shreddies Parable

Posted on: February 9th, 2016

Does Church need to change to keep young people interested? I hesitate to answer this question hastily. In fact, it very well may be the wrong question to ask. Several months ago, popular Episcopalian blogger Rachel Held Evans sparked a fire in the blogosphere when she published an op-ed on CNN entitled, “Why millennials are […]

The Lord is my Light

Posted on: January 30th, 2016

The Lord is my Light The poem below by Sister Sue Elwyn is an eloquent commentary on the previous post, “When Morning Gilds the Skies.”  Photo by Sister Elizabeth Rolfe-Thomas. The Lord is my Light! Faint sparks shine through turbulent clouds of chaos, starlight piercing darkness until white moon, warm sun illumine the heavens and the […]


Posted on: January 24th, 2016

This is a revised version of the blog posted about 45 minutes ago (10:15 am). I go walking early in the morning before the breaking of the dawn. At this time of year it is still quite dark when I set out. On some of these intensely cold mornings I marvel at the beauty of […]


Posted on: January 9th, 2016

On January 6 we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany, and entered a season of the church year that encourages us to travel, like the wise men who sought the child Jesus, on a road that may bring us to adventures we never expected. The word epiphany comes from a Greek word that means “manifestation” […]

Advent Companions

Posted on: November 28th, 2015

I recently learned of the beautiful Spanish tradition of posada (a Spanish word that means “inn” or “hotel”), in which children dressed as Mary and Joseph go from house to house during Advent inviting their neighbours to welcome the Holy Family into their homes – often by offering them a card or photo with a […]