“Only then, Work.” Lessons on Work and Life

The most recent episode of Time Eternal talked about seasons of job loss in our lives. Following up on that theme, my friend and fellow Ancient Faith contributor, Nicholas Kotar, recounts an experience a friend of his recently had. It’s one I think many of us can relate to and I asked if we could share it here.…

Show notes for “Falling Upward after Job Loss”

The latest podcast episode is about reading Fr. Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward during a season of job loss in my life. It’s an invitation to think about the meaning of temporal trials and the pivotal role they play in shaping one’s relationship to God and others. Have you ever gone through job loss or unemployment? How did that…

10 Ways the Funeral of a Priest is Different from a Layperson’s

On Friday, I attended the funeral of a much-loved priest in our diocese. It’s not the first such funeral I’ve had the blessing of attending. I say “blessing” because, whatever the tragic circumstances surrounding a priest’s death may be, I find the funeral service for a clergy member–along with the preparations for it–to be among the most moving,…

At the Deathbed of an Exceptional Person

  Before this week, the second-to-last time I saw Fr. C was three or four months ago; he was all smiles, busying himself with small tasks to be done around the Metropolis headquarters. “You’re working too hard for someone who’s supposed to be retired,” I chided him with a grin. “You can’t get rid of me that easily,”…

Ever and Always a Gardener

On the Time Eternal podcast, I recently posted a conversation with my friend, Kerry, who grew up in a conservative Mennonite community in rural Manitoba. We talked about her experience of assimilating to the broader culture as well as how she’s come to regard the temporal rhythms of her childhood with both grief and gratitude. The episode seemed…

Show notes for “Mennonites, Memory, and Marking Time”

Last month, I had tea with my friend Kerry, who was raised in a conservative Mennonite community in Blumenort (Manitoba). We talked about how the rhythms of time we learned in faith and childhood shape us long into adulthood. Feel free to make yourself a pot of tea and join us at the table! *** Not sure what…

Show notes for “Time in Transit”

Public transportation is my temporal kryptonite–it brings out my impatience and inability to cope with all the “wasted” time in my life. But a few months ago, I had an experience on the subway that really put things in perspective, a painful reminder that no time is ever truly wasted. Hear more about it on the latest episode of…

No Such Thing as “Lost Time”: Finding God in the Waiting

  Today, I’m handing things over to my friend Elissa Bjeletich to follow up on the podcast episode we recently co-hosted about time during seasons of illness. Elissa’s story is perceptive and encapsulates what I think a lot of us go through when we suddenly find the course of our lives veering off into a trial we never…

A Simple Life, An Unfolded Soul

Our culture and media resound with the call to live more simply. Interestingly, the desire to pare life down to the essentials is voiced by virtually every major segment of readers, from secular to new age to generally religious to specifically Christian crowds. There is something about our current societal, cultural, and digital predicament that activates the human…