Accompaniment, Bereavement, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting:When Words Fail

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” Thomas Merton In sitting down this morning to write about this, I hesitated. Such a difficult topic, and yet so… Continue reading Worth Revisiting:When Words Fail

Accompaniment, Discernment, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: A Slippery Slope

She was a bit surprised to see him there..standing among his homeless companions of many years. For several months he had found sobriety along with an apartment and a day job, maintaining his distance from a number of his former friends. The last time we had seen him he had appeared healthy and in much better spirits… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: A Slippery Slope

Accompaniment, Community, Uncategorized, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: Radical Hospitality

There has been much talk in recent years within ministry about the notion of radical hospitality. Not merely seeking to embrace those we know, it is an openness albeit a willingness to authentically meet and walk with one another in our weakness, suffering, and challenges of life. This is the experience of encounter, and as… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Radical Hospitality

Accompaniment, Evangelization

A Church on the Margins

Evangelization is at the heart of the church- for to share the Gospel is to consistently invite all to continual renewal of heart and to lives committed to the living out of discipleship. This living out of the Gospel in our lives can be the greatest witness to the truth of salvation, and invitation to… Continue reading A Church on the Margins

Accompaniment, Bereavement, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting:When Words Fail

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” Thomas Merton In sitting down this morning to write about this, I hesitated. Such a difficult topic, and yet so… Continue reading Worth Revisiting:When Words Fail

Accompaniment, Community, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: They Called Him… Buster

Some years ago I met one of the few living witnesses, other than family, to the life and memory of my Grandpa Ferrell.  Standing at an impressive 6’6” he easily towered over everything and yet the warmth of his smile and joyous presence elevated all surrounding. Donning a nicely pressed dress shirt under a pair… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: They Called Him… Buster

Accompaniment, Reconciliation, Uncategorized

Worth Revisiting:Walking a Mile With Another

How often are we quick to judge someone who we see as disagreeable, strongly opinionated or assertive? Feeling our own sense of pride offended, and leaving indignant we frequently proceed to telling others or instead harbor that annoyance within. Yet, neither of these options can be understood as beneficial either to our relationships or to… Continue reading Worth Revisiting:Walking a Mile With Another

Accompaniment, Community

Radical Hospitality

There has been much talk in recent years within ministry about the notion of radical hospitality. Not merely seeking to embrace those we know, it is an openness albeit a willingness to authentically meet and walk with one another in our weakness, suffering, and challenges of life. This is the experience of encounter, and as… Continue reading Radical Hospitality

Accompaniment, Advent, Worth Revisiting

Worth Revisiting: Embracing Advent

As  Pope Francis opened the year of mercy, it is a time to mark our conscious and concerted effort to be a continual witness of God's mercy in the world. This begins, as he notes, for each of us with our daily conversion of heart, a turning towards Christ and an acceptance of the love… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Embracing Advent