Time and Hope in the Divine Comedy: A Guest Post by Maria Naasko

Today, I’m thrilled to share this guest post with you about depictions of time, eternity, and hope by Maria Naasko. I’m doubly excited because I LOVE giving a platform to young writers (Maria just graduated high school–congrats!). Maria has been a long-time reader and fan of Time Eternal; she told me that this forum has shaped her thinking…

When Your Lent Was Not Instagram-Worthy

12:30PM on Lazarus Saturday. I’m still in bed, my limbs weighed down by the ache of sleeping in too late. Barely awake, I pull off my eye mask and instinctively reach for my phone to see if I’ve missed any important messages. Just one text from my husband, 57 minutes ago: “Things I never thought I’d say to…

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…

“Serious illness is like asceticism”: Talking about Time in Illness with Kevin Allen

For the next week or so, the theme around here at Time Eternal is time and illness. I’ll soon be posting a podcast episode in which I talk with my friend, Elissa Bjeletich, about her experience waiting for her daughter to receive a liver transplant.  In the meantime, however, I had the opportunity to talk with Kevin Allen,…

(Re)Reading Rilke on the Way to Lent

I am praying again, Awesome One. . . . It’s here in all the pieces of my shame that now I find myself again. I yearn to belong to something, to be contained in an all-embracing mind that sees me as a single thing. Rainer Maria Rilke   Last week, I realized something startling: it seems no one…