I start most of my mornings by reading the words of the Desert Mothers and Fathers (The Apophthegmata Patrum for you nerds out there). I like to read sayings from two separate monks, any two, and then in the back of my mind I let these two sayings wrestle with each other whether or notContinue reading “Asceticism Anonymous”
I had just left a patient’s room when I heard the code. At the hospital I work at, every chaplain who hears the code and is able to respond does so immediately. I made a snap decision to pause my plans and I moved quickly toward the emergency. The patient was an elderly man andContinue reading “I’ll Find You”
She was a veteran, so I knew she’d understand what I said next: “I’ll keep watch, my friend. I promise.”
She was forced outside of the Church because of her Love; who she loved and how she loved deemed her unworthy to them.
Then, when you feel the crushing weight of the reality we are living through, look to the Heavens.
When I was 18 years old, I was living on my own in a shitty 1 bedroom basement apartment in Bradley, Illinois and I was working 3 jobs. One of those jobs was a full time position as a bank teller. I was the only guy working at this bank full time and it wasContinue reading “Capstone Bank: A Love Story”
My generation has been theologically orphaned – but we have Ancestors.
I was supposed to buy a house In Illinois Where my mama lives Had big plans A closed in porch And steady promises But the job fell through In Illinois And there my credit went Like when I came home From the war Back in 2007 Fell on HARD times And ended up On unemploymentContinue reading “Where My Mama Lives”
I couldn’t express in words how alone I felt knowing that I would not experience Communion for some untold amount of time. So I wept. I wept bitterly as they attended to me with their loving, compassionate presence.
A lifetime ago, while stationed in Iraq, my supervisor was stranded at a base separate from us for three solid weeks. His absence created a number of obstacles for our finance team including our inability to officially close our business day. Each day that we conducted business (much like tellers at a bank), we wereContinue reading “To My Scattered Colleagues”