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When we are with our anam cara, there is no mask

When we are with our anam cara, there is no mask

In the Celtic tradition, there is a concept known as anam cara, which means “soul love” or “soul friend.” When we are with our anam cara, there is no mask, no pretense, nothing superficial. It is a friendship in which we feel truly understood, truly at home. With such...

An invitation to a holy Lent…

An invitation to a holy Lent…

Lent began yesterday, but, in truth, this past year has been a Lent for me, providing a prolonged period of examination that has allowed me to discern the difference between what is important and what I thought was important. It has also made me aware of the...

Comforting Source of Divine Energy

Comforting Source of Divine Energy

And Jesus came and said to them . . . “Remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.”—Matthew 28: 18, 20 Jesus’ final message to his followers is one of both protection and power. He, and therefore the Divine Spirit, is with us always—not just when we are...

Does Jesus Care?

Does Jesus Care?

“…they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons.” (Mark 1:32, NRSV) I love this early part of the Gospel according to Mark. The story of Jesus gathering his disciples, performing signs, and proclaiming the Good News, all happens in rapid succession....

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Last fall, as part of our gratitude offering, many of you sent me notes about all the things you were grateful for. Your reflections were a joy to read. And as we begin this new year, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of all the blessings of our lives. With this...

Where do you find hope?

Where do you find hope?

Dialogue these days seems to be so much about changes in our life, our church, our country and even our world. The myriad changes coming at us are like tidal waves of enormous proportion. Depending on how we meet or react to change, these unceasing waves can stir...

Christmas at Sea 2020

Christmas at Sea 2020

2020 was a year of thinking outside the box in many aspects of life, work, and ministry, and port ministry was no different. Because of current restrictions, we decided to put all the gifts given to each ship in a single ship’s box, though each box included some...

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