Come and Abide in Us

“3. Have a Keepable Rule of Prayer.” -Fr. Thomas Hopko, 55 Maxims for Christian Living In my dream I am pushing a cart of laundry in need of folding down the streets of Chicago; my chores follow me everywhere. Right as I’m debating whether to find a place to sit down and get to work or just keep on walking, my alarm jolts me back into consciousness. What day is it? is…

Pray As You Can

“2. Pray as you can, not as you think you must.” -Fr. Thomas Hopko, 55 Maxims for Christian Living Every December I meet up in Chicago with my sisters-in-law and dear friend Beth to spend two glorious days visiting, window shopping, and dining out in the city. In 2012, our girls’ weekend fell on December 14th. That Friday we were strolling leisurely through the Christkindl Christmas Market, hot caffeinated beverages in hand,…

Be Always With Christ

  Not everyone is a fan of orchestrated dinner conversations, but it being Christmas and all, and having been emboldened by a glass or two of Cabernet, I tentatively threw out a discussion question to the loved ones feasting at our table: “What are you hoping to work on in the New Year?” To my relief, no one balked at the predictability of my chosen topic but rather jumped right in and…

Jesus Wept.

  As a kid I used to wonder why Jesus wept at the passing of Lazarus, knowing full well He would raise him from the dead only moments later. Presently, in light of the alarming and horrifying string of violent events ripping a ragged and gaping hole in our collective sense of safety and turning neighbor against neighbor, Christ’s weeping at Lazarus’ tomb seems most appropriate. Yes, He foresaw the joy that…