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At the Ringing of the Bell

“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.

A time to give birth, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.

A time to weep and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance.”  - Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4


model of discernment

Invited to Discern

At multiple points in my life now, I’ve crossed the border into another country.  Most of the time this has gone smoothly.  I’ve stood before the immigrations officer, been asked a few questions, and then got a stamp in my passport.  Sometimes they haven’t even given me the stamp.  Just waved me through.  


Remembering Phoebe?

It’s been almost a year ago now that I got an alert on my phone: “This is an automatic reminder.  We are still missing your preaching for theWord for 03 Sept 2022, which is in about 3 days in New Zealand.”   Any of you out there who also preach for this international Dominican website have probably gotten one of these messages at some point in time.  Alas, I am probably someone who has gotten them more than others.  I can tend to run close to deadlines.  But this message left me befuddled.  Had I signed up to preach for September 3rd?  Clearly, I had.


On Hitting Send

Aack.  If you ever wondered what authors do minutes after finishing a book manuscript, you are looking at it.  After a year of spending ten months thinking about “Redeeming Power” (still a tentative title) during every minute I wasn’t doing something else, I just finally hit “send” to my wonderful editor Eileen and ran downstairs to tell my husband who simply said, “I don’t believe it.  You’ve said this before.” 


The Prophecy of Caiaphas

I know.  I never send out newsletters on Saturday.  We are all trying to step away for our computers for the weekend, and trust me, I’m about to do that, too.  In fact, after an incredibly hectic last couple of months, I’m going to try to be offline for the whole coming Holy Week to do some retreat time for myself.  In preparation, I have done a good amount of reading in the last couple weeks on Caiaphas and the many ways of understanding his statement: “You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole na