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 […]

Waiting on grace a matter of patience, faith

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy […]

Giving thanks for gifts small and large

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay You are my God, I give You thanks; my God, I offer You praise. Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose love endures forever. – Ps. 1 118:28-29 My youngest son sent me one of those funny photos by e-mail “to cheer u up.” It showed a mother tiger with […]

Where is my God?

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay My tears became my bread day and night, as they said to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” – Ps. 42:3 We have the same conversation each time we meet. Most often he happens upon me sitting in the pews of the city church where my spiritual director lives, […]