BEADS! THEY’RE NOT JUST FOR JEWELRY

The desert fathers and mothers often used beads to help them focus in their prayer times. This is true across religions. Islam, Catholicism, Buddhism, Greek Orthodox, and more all use prayer beads. I bought myself a rosary (and I’m not catholic) made of olive wood 15 years ago while visiting Norte Dame de Paris withContinue reading “BEADS! THEY’RE NOT JUST FOR JEWELRY”

FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOMAN

That’s the line that Shakespeare’s Hamlet says in response to his mother’s quick remarriage after his father’s death. Hamlet, and I suppose Shakespeare are talking about an emotional frailty not her physical stamina. But that line has been dogging (no pun intended and you’ll soon see why I say that) for the last week. LastContinue reading “FRAILTY THY NAME IS WOMAN”

AN ALTAR UPDATE

On May 20th I wrote a post about finding an altar of rocks along the path I was walking. Since then a devastating tornado ripped through Dayton leaving my home untouched and the walls of other homes torn apart so you can see into the rooms like a child’s dollhouse. Last Sunday we were takingContinue reading “AN ALTAR UPDATE”

DEAR GOD

Dear God, This week several tornadoes came through Dayton, Ohio. I slept through them and when I looked out my window I didn’t see any sign of damage. My trash and recycling cans are right where I left them. And yet around the corner tree limbs littered the street and less than two miles awayContinue reading “DEAR GOD”

PILGRIMS, THEY’RE ALL OVER THE PLACE’

Each year about 250,000 people walk the Camino de Santiago. The majority of those are European, more than 90%. About 5% are Americans, that’s about 12,500. The population of the United States is 325 million. https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/us-population/ That means that about .0008% of the US population walk the Camino each year. .0008%!!! You might think thatContinue reading “PILGRIMS, THEY’RE ALL OVER THE PLACE’”

CARRY NO PURSE, NO BAG, NO SANDALS

Luke 10:1-23 tells the story of Jesus sending out the 70. They are to make disciples ( the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few). They are to take nothing, enter a town, bless a household, eat what is given them, heal the sick, and share the message that the Kingdom of God isContinue reading “CARRY NO PURSE, NO BAG, NO SANDALS”

AN ALTAR HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT

Yesterday on our walk through the Metro Park and dam I was looking at all the rocks along the side of the dam (you might say they are “dam” rocks ;-)). I was also thinking about the Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross) on the Camino. The Cruz de Ferro is an iron cross along theContinue reading “AN ALTAR HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT”

DOING & BEING

I am currently sitting in a retreat house at the 7th session of the Two Year Academy for Spiritual Formation. My inspiration to go on the Camino happened in the 4th session. This morning our presenter talked to us about the difference between a contract and a covenant. A contract specifies what each person willContinue reading “DOING & BEING”

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHOES 👠

I have a pair of hiking boots. I bought them years ago because we always went to a state park for a few days at New Year’s Eve and hiking was part of the fun.  Actually those “hikes” were more like a walk. Our girls were young so a 10 mile hike was out ofContinue reading “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHOES 👠”