Category Archive: Personal Journey

Sep 25 2013

On mountain ash and other miracles.

My heart goes pitter-patter when the shuttle leaves Minneapolis and I catch the first glimpses of Minnesota birches. Then one after another birch groves begin to pass by and patches of tall, straight pines crowned at the top. Mixed foliage of maples, aspen, and ash, linden trees… This is the North, and I recognize the …

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Sep 02 2013

On bearable pain.

This essay is not entirely about pain. It is actually, at least to me, primarily on the nature of time. But I have looked over my own writing and realized that I don’t write about pain nearly as much as I would have thought I would. I know why. I also know why I was …

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Jun 15 2013

On my wind-blown heart.

I am in Kansas now, like some through-the-looking-glass Dorothy, where left is right, and I know this isn’t home but my fleeting, exhausting, ruthless and wind-blown fairy tale, and soon an airplane-shaped tornado will carry back home the little old me, just the same as I was and yet not the same. Because I’ve been …

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Mar 30 2013

On foot-washing, Peter, pride, and the opposite things.

I am spending my Triduum with the Dominicans this year, guided by their wisdom and basking in their warmth. A week ago, discussing the Holy Thursday Mass, my vocation director mentioned to me that at the church where we’d go we’d have an option to have our feet washed by the local young people. The …

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Mar 25 2013

On the fluttering heart of the Triduum.

The piece to follow was written almost exactly one liturgical year ago: on Holy Saturday, 2012. I was alone that Triduum, a year ago. I have been essentially alone for every Christian holiday since Christian holidays began to mean something to me beyond the turning over of social calendars and subjects of scholarly study — except …

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Mar 05 2013

On mediated grace.

My regular readers know that I am what is called a “mystic”: a faithful who seeks union with God even beyond communion, who feels her relationship with the Divine flow into dissolution. Oneness. Inseparability. This means that the most important aspect of my life is lived or at least sought through unmediated grace. Perhaps, being …

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Feb 19 2013

On why the Dominicans.

There are hundreds of religious congregations with presence in the United States. How, in my discernment, with all this choice available, through a series of decisions, over the course of all this time, have I come to believe that I belong to the legacy of St. Dominic that started in the 13th century, in a …

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Feb 03 2013

On our quests.

There is an adorable little scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in which King Arthur and his men are challenged before crossing a bridge, on their quest for the Grail, by the bridge-keeper to answer questions. My best friend and I love this scene and often repeat the dialogue to each other in silly …

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Jan 24 2013

On what I miss and don’t. Part II.

Last week, inspired by Julia Ioffe’s article “What I Will (And Won’t) Miss About Living in Moscow” (written about her three years in today’s Russian capital), I began to write about living in Leningrad in the 70’s and 80’s. What I miss and don’t miss about my city, about Soviet Russia – about my first …

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Jan 14 2013

On what I miss and don’t. Part I.

I was going to write about something else entirely, but thoughts and other things conspired and interfered and changed my mind. First, if you are my regular reader, you know that I am moving, and so I’ve been doing much talking lately about home and leaving it and being away from the places we love. …

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