Spirituality

Lent: A call to silence and stillness

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Be still and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth. – Ps. 46:10 “There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong outfit,” says my Swedish neighbor as our paths cross walking in weather that has driven more sensitive, or perhaps more sensible, souls […]

Soup and psalms measure life’s tempo

By Michelle Francl-Donnay In vain you get up earlier, and put off going to bed, sweating to make a living, since He provides for His beloved as they sleep. – Ps. 127:2 Acedia, what the desert fathers called the noontime demon, baked the life of out of a monk’s prayers, leaving the day to stretch […]

El don de la reconciliación

Hna. Ruth Bolarte, I.H.M. En la película «Invictus», Francois Pienaar se pregunta cómo Nelson Mandela pudo pasar treinta años en la prisión, salir y perdonar a los que lo pusieron ahí. Algunos de nosotros tal vez nos preguntamos también como puede ser que víctimas de la violencia puedan llegar a ser instrumentos de paz. En […]

Encountering God when we least expect it

By Michelle Francl-Donnay “Jesus said, ‘Mary!’ She knew him then and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbuni!’ – which means Master.” – Jn. 20:16 Many years ago, when my brother was in the military, his unit’s leaves were canceled and with them his plans to come home to California for Christmas. My mother was deeply […]

Pray for the big gifts and the little

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. – Lk. 11:9-10 Si quaeris miracula… “If thou seekest miracles…” So starts the […]

Unshakable faith amid tragedy

By Michelle Francl-Donnay “Let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, over the great destruction which overwhelms the virgin daughter of my people, over her incurable wound.” – Jer. 14:17 The strange thing about earthquakes is how swiftly the change comes. There is no warning. No darkening sky, no rising waters. Suddenly, […]

Confession – a bandage for our souls

By Michelle Francl-Donnay Now which of these is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up and walk?” – Mt. 9:5 It happened so fast that at first I wasn’t even sure I was hurt. Chris and I were in the kitchen talking while I sliced rolls for sandwiches and he […]

Basking in post-Christmas silence

Michelle Francl-Donnay By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies.- Is. 30:15 I only had to go a quarter mile down Lancaster Avenue, but at 10 o’clock on Christmas Eve morning even that short stretch was already a daunting tangle of cars, punctuated by pedestrians darting […]

Listen closely to the sound of joy

By Michelle Francl-Donnay The angel said, “Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find […]

In the shelter of God’s hands

By Michelle Francl-Donnay With His pinion He shelters you, and beneath His wings you take refuge, a shield and a buckler, His truth. You shall not fear from the terror of night. – Psalm 91:4-5a We waited until it was almost dark to leave, for the first tendrils of the cool night air to flow […]