Traditions

Valentine's Resistance

Valentine's Resistance

I heart Valentine’s Day.

I mean, what is there not to dig about a day in which it is socially acceptable to just freakin’ love on everybody? Because that is really what Valentine’s Day is about, even in the secular sense. In kindergarten we swapped hearts with EVERYONE, don’t you remember? There’s a reason for that. Valentine’s Day is for lovers—that is, for people who love, period.

This is especially true for Christians.

Meet brother Valentine, beloveds…

Brigid of Kildare: A Sister from the Womb of God

Brigid of Kildare: A Sister from the Womb of God

A few months ago a professor asked my colleagues and me to practice Lectio Divina with nature. Lectio Divina, or divine reading, is a spiritual way of reading scripture in order to listen for the whispers of God. It involves reading a brief passage several times while noticing with each pass which part seems to shimmer at the reader, draw the reader in, or ask something of the reader.

My professor wanted us to do this with nature. To go outside with God and discern that which God was asking us to see or to sit with.

Goosebumps still stand on my arms to remember the way matter and Mystery communed and communicated together that drizzly afternoon.

My experience went like this...

Beginning A New Practice: Seven Gratitudes, Vol. 1

Beginning A New Practice: Seven Gratitudes, Vol. 1

I mentioned on Facebook this week that I want to develop a more committed relationship with For the Birds this year. 2016 was difficult in more than a few ways...

The answer to both my desire to blog faithfully and overcome whatever challenges this year may hold came quite neatly to my brain the other day: Gratitude.

Every Friday this year you will find For the Birds counting her blessings, seven quick thanksgivings at a time.

Will you join me?