Why I Love to Celebrate Lent With Christmas Carols and Udon Noodle Soup

One Lent, when my mom was in the hospital and I was spending significant time with her there, I took a break for a late lunch by myself at a nearby Japanese restaurant. While I waited for my bowl of udon noodle soup—my ultimate comfort food--I idly watched people walking by on the street, and … Continue reading Why I Love to Celebrate Lent With Christmas Carols and Udon Noodle Soup

Why I’m Happy to Have a Little Lent in My Advent This Year

In these days of Advent when most everyone I know is thinking about Christmas, this year I have Lent on my mind. In part, it's because Advent and Lent have a lot in common. Just as the weeks of Advent prepare us for Christmas, so the weeks of Lent prepare us for Easter. Historically, both … Continue reading Why I’m Happy to Have a Little Lent in My Advent This Year

Why I’m Glad I Skipped the Second Week of Lent

Last week I didn't make my daily Lenten walk to the mailbox for the very good reason that my husband and I were away for our first-ever trip to Hawaii! I'm sure we looked like just another couple of tourists in Hawaiian shirts and leis (and no, we did not get matching outfits!), but for … Continue reading Why I’m Glad I Skipped the Second Week of Lent

Practicing Lent

In a culture of excess, I understand that giving something up for Lent can feel freeing. To shed the excess and get back to basics, to let go of the unnecessary to focus on the essential, to "simplify, simplify, simplify" as in Thoreau's Walden makes good sense and good spiritual practice. I've observed Lent that … Continue reading Practicing Lent

Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889 – Christ’s Entry Here and Now Today

A reflection on yesterday's Palm Sunday and this Holy Week, with a painting by Belgian artist James Ensor: Christ's Entry into Brussels, 1889. If Jesus were to come again today--not to Jerusalem long ago, or to Brussels in 1889, but to my street and yours in 2014-- would he again be almost lost in the sea of different political and social opinions and interests?