On the Road from Jerusalem to Damascus: Navigating Life-Stages Peacefully

This past Sunday allowed us a final liturgical meditation on the cross before the Leave-taking of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.  The presence, existence, and image of the cross measures our attachment to this world. It is indeed a measuring stick. When we see the cross, do we feel indifferent, or do we yearn for something more than this world? Perhaps there was a time when we were sitting in traffic, and we caught a glimpse of a cross sitting high on top of a church. Did it for a moment, pull us from this world and towards the Kingdom of God? The epistle and gospel reading this past Sunday were both about attachment. They were about attachment and…

A Heroic Transfiguration: Becoming Vessels of Healing

Each of us takes a different approach to resolving the unresolved. There is such a wide spectrum of responses to the experiences in our lives that have left a painful mark on us. The following is by no means a criticism of any of the approaches that each one of us takes. Each of us decides on our own what is best for us. If we were to explore the many responses people have to their experiences, we might approach them by placing them on a spectrum.  On one end of the spectrum, we would see examples of lives where there is no awareness of how events affected them, however the effects of those events are everywhere in their lives,…