spiritual life

Why does God matter?

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” C.S. Lewis, British author It wasn't a game of stump the teacher. The kid -- eight years old and messy haired -- looked at me in all sincerity and… Continue reading Why does God matter?

family life, spiritual life

The ever-changing table

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” Erma Bombeck, American humorist The era that set all that Thanksgiving should be in my mind was actually rather brief. It began the year my immediate family returned to our Chicago-area home base and… Continue reading The ever-changing table

community, spiritual life

Looking for a city?

“Earth's crammed with heaven... But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet What do U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and the 7,000 or so Central American dreamers who are walking resolutely to America's border have in common? The answer isn't a punchline. It's a universal human condition. They are… Continue reading Looking for a city?