It’s time to recycle and ‘offer up’ the pain

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church. Col. 1:24 “One thousand and ninety five,” sighed my friend as he pushed his chair back from the dinner table. He […]

God’s abundant grace made visible, if unexpected

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, when a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of the most expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he was at table. When they saw this, the disciples were indignant. “Why this waste?” they said. Mt. […]

Amid uncertainty, joy and trust

By Michelle Francl-Donnay For though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines, though the yield of the olive fail and the terraces produce no nourishment, though the flocks disappear from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my […]

Where are the prophets among us now?

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy? Amos 3:8 He was still on the corner of Canal and Chartres in New Orleans where I’d seen him on my visit five years before – ensconced on a folding chair, wearing a multicolored umbrella […]

When we cease to speak, we can listen and learn

Guest ColumnistMichelle Francl-Donnay Truly I have set my soul in silence and peace. As a child has rest in its mother’s arms, even so my soul. Ps. 131 “My big sister, quiet for three days? LOL!” reads the text message from my brother, John. “Eight,” I sent back cheekily. I’m stuck in traffic on my […]