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St. Nicholas Day: Santa, Mystery and Small Family Ritual

Tomorrow is St. Nicholas Day! Our family will be celebrating by acting out the St. Nicholas story with a few friends, eating Santa cookies, sorting through toys and clothes to donate, and collecting canned food. This is a post I originally published on my friend Christine's blog two years ago. My kids are older, but so far, ...

An Invitation to Make Space for Jesus this Advent

  Since I became a mother, I have learned to consider Advent in a way I never grasped before. If Christmas is the season of celebration, Advent is the season of preparation, of anticipation. Who better to teach us than a mother? Mary, the young girl given the overwhelming task of bringing God’s child into the ...

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 3 (A Repost)

[caption id="attachment_6870" align="aligncenter" width="640"] "Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are" -Alfred Delp[/caption] Note: This was first published last Advent, following the shootings in Newtown... Vol. 3 - Defiantly Demanding Redemption “In sober fact there is little romance ...

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 2 (A repost)

[caption id="attachment_6870" align="aligncenter" width="640"] "Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are" -Alfred Delp[/caption] When I first started asking God and myself what it means to be a mother who prays in the midst of the chaos of life at home with kids, what it could look like to ...

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 1 (A Repost)

  [caption id="attachment_6870" align="aligncenter" width="640"] "Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are" -Alfred Delp[/caption] This week I'm working to finish edits on my book. In my absence, I'll be reposting a three-part series from last year. Here's Vol. 1. Happy Advent, ...

Advent Poetry Series: “Christ’s Mother Reflects: His Childhood”

Christ's Mother Reflects: His Childhood “...and for him to see me mended / I must see him torn.”   -Luci Shaw “Mary’s Song” He stood at the door, wet-faced and panting. in his hands three baby birds. They’re hungry, he sniffed, nested them in a bowl with grass, fed them worms until they died. After, I held ...

Thankful Tuesday: It’s almost Christmas!

  Children singing “Away in a Manger” and sharing the stage with one of the best double bass players in San Francisco this past Sunday. I love my church. I’m thankful that we got to come back to a community here in SF that welcomes and loves us and confounds me with its teaching. I’m thankful for Christ Church ...