Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints by Daneen Akers (Book Review)

What does it mean to be a “saint”? Different church traditions may have slightly different definitions, but one common emphasis may be that saints are a sort of special or unique group of people. They are people set apart from the rest of us due to their holy or loving acts or perhaps, in aContinue reading “Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints by Daneen Akers (Book Review)”

The Dialogue of Catherine of Sienna (Listening to the Saints)

Over the past few years I have worked through various classics of Christian spirituality as part of my daily devotional.  I have found it incredibly life-giving to, in addition to reading scripture, to read the words of these saints of Christ who have gone before us.  Most recently I read Catherine of Sienna’s Dialogue whichContinue reading “The Dialogue of Catherine of Sienna (Listening to the Saints)”

All Saints Day – Can the Dead Pray for the Living?

Today is All Saints Day, a Christian celebration of remembrance of all those who have gone before us in the faith.  It tends to be a Catholic holiday, but many other Christians also see values in remembering days like this. I was perusing a few All Saints Day prayers and posted this one on Facebook:Continue reading “All Saints Day – Can the Dead Pray for the Living?”

Walking with the Saints – John Wesley’s Journal

In January I set out to read John Wesley’s journal.  Over the years I have found great spiritual nourishment in reading the works from Christian saints through the ages: Theresa of Avila, Brother Lawrence, Julian of Norwich, John Calvin, John of the Cross and more.  Since I consider myself “Wesleyan” in my theology, I figuredContinue reading “Walking with the Saints – John Wesley’s Journal”

Walking With the Saints – The Journal Of John Wesley

I love history.  As a Christian, I enjoy learning the history of the Christian church, both the good and the bad.  In my reading I make it a point to read works from times and places other then my own.  Books on Christian spirituality are (almost) a dime a dozen in any bookstore.  Some areContinue reading “Walking With the Saints – The Journal Of John Wesley”

Happy Reformation Day…and Halloween!

I thought it would be fun to give a brief overview of the holidays we are living through right now: Reformation Day and All Saints Day.  I wrote this a few years ago for my students at PSU Berks. First – Reformation Day – October 31, 1517 Take a journey to Europe 500 years ago.Continue reading “Happy Reformation Day…and Halloween!”

Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle

“Let learned men, who have studied, do the writing; I am a stupid creature and don’t know what I am saying. There are more than enough books written on prayer already. For the love of God, let me get on with my spinning and go to choir and do my religious duties like the otherContinue reading “Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle”

We Need New Heroes

Earlier this week Columbus Day was observed.  I did not notice until I saw we got no mail.  Once I confirmed that the post office was still in business, I remembered it was early October so it must be Columbus Day. Then yesterday I was reading Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.  It is aContinue reading “We Need New Heroes”