The Long Loneliness

December 14th, 2018 By punkpriest

  The long loneliness. A longing for home that eludes us, for a world that is not yet but somehow still must be. Sometimes the longing can feel like a heavy burden. But what if we imagine this longing as a flame that flickers within each of us, calling us together and toward each other, even when (especially when) the world feels dark?  […]

Together Awaiting Redemption

December 12th, 2018 By punkpriest

TOGETHER–AWAITING REDEMPTION The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mary visits Elizabeth 39 Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands. 40 She entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 With a loud voice she […]

Blocking Asylum Seekers Is Illegal and Immoral

December 10th, 2018 By punkpriest

BLOCKING ASYLUM SEEKERS AT THE BORDER IS ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL   The thousand-strong caravan referred to as the Central American Exodus started small. A dozen from this town, a hundred from that, fleeing danger and desperation. Humanitarian workers explained that it was easier to move in groups: soldiers were turning individuals away at the Honduran […]

Surrounded by Ghosts!

December 9th, 2018 By punkpriest

Surrounded  by Ghosts! “Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”  Luke 3:5-6 We are surrounded by ghosts, the shadows of pain, fear, worry, and dread. The […]

Please Give!

December 6th, 2018 By punkpriest

Dear Friends, We are in the season of Advent and as I walk the streets I am aware of one of the names in the Sufi Tradition of God: al-Haqq—The Reality of God underlies everything. Wherever I walk in the Haight, Polk and Golden Gate Park I encounter the faces of but a small fraction […]

An Advent of Kindness

December 5th, 2018 By punkpriest

An Advent of Kindness Matthew 15:29-37 “.. .he took seven loaves of the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all of them ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full.” […]

An Advent of Kindness

December 1st, 2018 By punkpriest

  AN ADVENT OF KINDNESS ADVENT CALENDAR SUGGESTIONS FOR FIRST WEEK: 1. Give someone a hug or compliment 2.  Let someone in front of you in the line 3.  Buy a someone coffee-friend, colleague, homeless person 4.  Hold the door open for someone 5.  Give someone your attention 6.  Donate a Christmas gift to a […]

Confessions of A Funeral Director

November 27th, 2018 By punkpriest

Confessions of A Funeral Director: How Death Saved My Life By Caleb Wilde Luke 21:5-11 Common English Bible (CEB) The temple’s fate “5 Some people were talking about the temple, how it was decorated with beautiful stones and ornaments dedicated to God. Jesus said, 6 “As for the things you are admiring, the time is coming when […]

Book review

November 26th, 2018 By punkpriest

Naming the Unnameable by Matthew Fox 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God- Including the Unnameable God   Dr. Fox transcends all religions and develops a spirituality that is universal and one of love. Like others before him he sees God as one with many faces, many voices, but always speaks Love.  Fox presents a […]

Book Review

November 25th, 2018 By punkpriest

Brother John:  A Monk, A Pilgrim, and the Purpose of Life August Turak This book is a meaningful work of one man’s own spiritual journey, during a mid-life crisis, into a life of meaning and purpose. His journey takes him Mepkin Abbey where he encountered the Spirit in a monk by the name of Brother […]