Small Person, Great Self

A blog from Deacon David.  Burna Dunn and I saw our east coast granddaughter in Shakespeare’s play MacBeth last weekend, reset in a modern-day women’s prison. A 21-year-old, 4’10 3/4” actress, she played the lead role, MacBeth “herself,” and was killed in the final scene. The performance by 13 young women and one young man ...

Spoons in the Silverware Drawer

A new blog from Deacon David. I’ll be 75 years old on November 12. It blows my mind. But there’s more. 75, though oldish, is not necessarily impressive. Not all 75-year-olds are smart. Not all 75-year-olds are grown ups. Not all 75-year-olds are good people. (Et cetera.) And certainly not all 75-year-olds make good husbands. ...

Just Sitting

A new post from Deacon David. I announced at the end of mass last Sunday that I would be on “special assignment” from now until Christmas. I had asked Fr. Len to send me out with a simple blessing to learn and reflect. I’ve been deeply curious about meditation. Rev. Kathleen and my spiritual director, ...

A Community of Exhilaration

A new post from Deacon David: I wrote in September about events in our lives, happenings in our hearts, and “religious experiences.” And then Hurricane Maria blew Puerto Rico to smithereens, California caught fire, and two neutron stars collided. Yes—the stars collided long ago and far, far away—but it was real. There was a press ...

Caring for Ourselves

A new post from Deacon David Thomas Paine’s words about experiencing America’s revolution to mind: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Last week’s events tried my soul to the breaking point. The world feels chaotic and my insides are reeling at human suffering caused by nature and by human beings. My soul is ...

Cassini’s End of Mission Plunge

A new post from Deacon David: In the last three weeks I’ve written about awe, revelation, and interior experience. “Awe is the lived experience of oneness with the universe”; [quoting Jesus’s words to Peter] “Flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but my heavenly father”; and “Events occur all around us, but events ...

The Strange Light of Wonder and Awe

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  from Deacon David…   Words have power only if they point to things that are real for us in some tangible, experiential way. The word eclipse became much more real for me this year. I saw the diamond ring, the crown, and the strange light of the eclipse for the first time. I will never unsee ...

Now the Old is New Again

From Deacon David, here is the first of four footnotes building upon the homilies offered by our teens this past Sunday. If you missed the homilies, listen here –> http://churchofholyfamily.org/homilies.php    Now the Old is New Again: Declaration, Gift, Name, and Calling During the mass at Utah Park last Sunday, a Great Blue Heron landed ...

The Living Mary and a Generous Heart

Deacon David reflects on Deacon Bonnie’s homily from this past Sunday as we celebrated the Assumption of Mary. If you missed Deacon Bonnie’s homily, you will be able to listen to it on our homilies page soon.   The Living Mary and a Generous Heart August 16, 2017   Dcn. Bonnie’s homily last Sunday in celebration ...

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