When did you become an adult? Was there a moment, an inbreath as a child followed by a grownup outbreath?
One of the reasons I love celebrating minor saint commemorations is that doing so gives our family the opportunities to talk about heroes of our faith and the history and geography of the Christian Church.
“My greatest desire,” Emily Malbone Morgan wrote, “has always been to make tired people rested and happy.”
Sovereign (noun): a supreme ruler, especially a monarch
Saint Martin’s Day, held each year on November 11th, is not one that makes many calendars outside Europe, but it’s one of our absolute favorites.
What is a saint? The root of the word “saint” is holy. A saint is one who is holy. When Paul uses the word, he is referring to all those who follow Jesus.
A priest friend once confessed to me that he had been years out of seminary before he realized that, throughout his life, he had spent all of his time talking about God rather than to God. He had been excited by the idea of God, by all the accoutrements around worship, and by the call to justice. In all his excitement, it took some time before he realized that he had missed the central piece.
It happens often when we are in church: at the time of the children’s sermon, my daughter is nowhere to be found.
The words “Martyrs” and “Memphis” at first glance might seem to be an odd pairing. We think of martyrs as biblical, ancient, and abroad, and Memphis as relatively young from a world history standpoint—a place for good BBQ and Blues.
Teenagers often believe that they are the first humans ever to have discovered sex. The world-altering swells of feeling and emotion—or the seeming opposite of being let down by the whole experience—feels as revolutionary to each of us as any human walking on the moon.