The Riddle of Santa Claus

“How does Santa get to all the houses in one night?” “How does Santa know what each kid wants for Christmas?” “What if your house doesn’t have a chimney—how does Santa get inside?” “How do all the presents for the whole world fit into one sleigh?” On and on the...

SAVING THANKS

The standard Catholic mass liturgy includes a call-and-response section where the priest says, “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God” and the congregation responds, “It is right and just.”  The priest goes on to say, “It is truly right and just, our duty and our...

NATURAL COMFORTS

Myths and fairytales frequently depict aspects of nature being capable of speech, sometimes because a spirit inhabits them and sometimes because nature seems to be capable of communicating with humans, though perhaps in ways we may not readily notice.  Many spiritual...

CALLED TO ACTION

On all sides, I hear myself being summoned to take action, to do something to change the course of our nation, to change wrong-headed decisions being made, to change the course of my community, my church, my world, my individual life.  Some days it seems as if...

LOOKING UP

One of the articles I read in the days following the recent solar eclipse commented on the novelty of looking upward, spending time noticing the sky.  I found myself recalling how quickly my neck muscles cramped as I watched the eclipse, a testimony to the rarity with...