Labor Day

This is my Labor Day - the day I labored from midnight to midnight working to get my baby to come out of my body. I didn't know whether the baby was a boy or girl, and, of course, I had no idea of what I was getting into with parenting. I felt tremendously empowered …

Ash Wednesday

I remember Ash Wednesdays. Ash Wednesday 2002 when I heard the best homily by Father Rob Marsh, SJ. Ash Wednesday 2005, when I had juuuuust starting dating the man who would become my dear husband. That day, the second reading stood out to me the most: "Behold, now is a very acceptable time;behold, now is …

Happy Lent.

The season of Lent has meant different things to me and my spiritual practice over the years. In my early 20s, I was a serious diligent rule-follower, abstaining from meat on Fridays, fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It served me. A good friend of mine often says, "Sometimes Lent comes to you." This …

Who is Macrina?

I had the pleasure of speaking at a Women Deacons Prayer Service at St. Agnes Catholic Church in San Francisco last year. This prayer service focused on Saint Macrina, the younger. Never heard of her? Neither had I... My daughter got a caterpillar for her third birthday a few weeks ago. Side note: try not to give toddlers living things for birthday presents… well, unless they’re going to reveal a mystery about the Creator of the universe. Then, I guess,it’s okay. So, my daughter received a caterpillar as a present …