Praying with patience, persistence

By Michelle Francl-Donnay “Teach us to count our days rightly, that we may obtain a wise heart.” – Ps. 90:12 I was flipping through one of the dozen catalogs that arrived this week when I saw it – a gorgeous grey wool sweater with an intricately patterned yoke. It would only take a few clicks […]

A kitchen’s lesson on humility

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Then he said to him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was upset that he asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” and said, “Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.” – Jn. 21:17a I had planned on a walk. Instead, as […]

Contemplation not just for monks

Michelle Francl-Donnay The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. The command of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eye. More desirable than gold, than a hoard of purest gold, Sweeter also than honey or drippings from the comb.– Ps. 19:9, 11 From my earliest days, silence and darkness went together. Growing up […]

Good works, sincere love and tough questions

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Of course there will never cease to be poor in the land; I command you therefore: Always be openhanded with your brother, and with anyone in your country who is in need and poor. – Dt. 15:11 Why is that the really hard questions come when I am in the midst of […]

The strength to cling, and to let go

By Michelle Francl-Donnay So then, my brothers and dear friends, do not give way but remain faithful in the Lord. – Philippians 4:1a It was one of the oddest conversations I’ve had as a mother, and as any parent knows, strange conversations are standard parenting fare. Held on a rock ledge jutting out over Crater […]

Make a note: Find prayer, patience, peace

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Pray without ceasing. – 1 Th. 5:17 The reminder taped to the kitchen door read “cake.” My lunch? Hung on the doorknob. The phone rings. Can Victor bring Chris his trombone at the bus stop? He forgot. Mike plops onto a chair in my study, “Did you remember to put money in […]

Marked with the sign of faith

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay God our Father, source of all holiness, the work of Your hands is manifest in your saints, the beauty of your truth is reflected in their faith. May we who aspire to have a part in their joy be filled with the Spirit that blessed their lives, so that having shared their […]

The deeper meaning of Sundays

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay Take care to keep my sabbaths, for that is to be the token between you and me throughout the generations, to show that it is I, the Lord, who make you holy. Therefore, you must keep the sabbath as something sacred. – Exodus 31:13b-14 Reality set in with the blisters on my […]

A flood poses: What to keep, or lose?

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, and on the seventeenth day of the month, that very day all the springs of the great deep burst through, and the sluices of heaven opened. And heavy rain fell on earth for forty days and forty nights. – Genesis […]

A reminder of God’s face in nature

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the […]