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Hide-out or Find out?

This will be the first Christmas, since I moved to Taos five years ago – November of 2008, that I won’t be here for the holiday. When I came to Taos five years ago, I hadn’t intended to stay; I came simply to check Taos off my “bucket list”.  Even before I had arrived, when […]


Grief sits with joy

The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, “to come to.”  It refers to the coming of Christ. And following the birth of Christ, later will come the story of the death of Christ, the Cross. And coming from that, the Resurrection. There is a coming to embrace all of this, the whole story. The second step of […]


On the road….

Today I drove again to Espanola, to the parish of Santa Cruz de la Canada, to Sunday Mass.  I never had intended to start attending church there. A few weeks ago, I had set out to go to the Sanctuario of Chimayo.  On the road to Chimayo, I came upon the intersection of the Santa […]

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Stay Away, Please – Lighting Candles for Newtown.

Powerful message from the families of Newtown on the one year anniversary.  “Stay away.”  They ask the press for the dignity to grieve and to grow and heal in private.  Please watch this powerful CNN message. Light a candle. Remember. Pray. I will pray, as so many others do, for the serenity to accept the […]


“The Welcoming Prayer” by Fr. Keating

Friday, December the 13th. End of a long week. Eve of an extraordinarily painful anniversary for the people of Newtown and all who care about them. I offer this prayer as a starting point, a reflection. The prayer alone is so powerful; commentary is secondary. Silence is the gateway.       Welcome, welcome, welcome. […]


“… all my love, my compassion, my help & protection to the people.”

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Americas Know for certain, least of my sons, that I am the perfect and perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God through whom everything lives, the Lord of all things near and far, the Master of heaven and earth.  It is my earnest wish that a temple […]


Fullness from fullness

Purnamadah Purnamidam…  This Sanskrit mantra rose up tonight as I sat after a long, very full day. As there are endless variations on the translations and meanings, I will revert to the first translation I learned some years ago. Fullness coming from fullness.  My cup runneth over, perhaps… Some days are like this, and more […]


Do-Be, Do-Be, Do-Be

Today’s post comes after sunset.  It’s been a long day, on the road, traveling back to Taos from business in Albuquerque.  About 130 miles, through the high mountain desert, the highways pass through eight Native American pueblos.  I am pulled to the city at times – the people, the work, the opportunities, and I entertain […]


Our Lady & the Light

December 9th, today, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This icon of Our Lady was a gift given by my grand-aunt, Sister Killian, to my parents. Sister Killian was a Columban missionary sister, an Irish nun who spent most of her life in missions in the Far East. I once had the privilege of […]


On Bodhi Day & Stealing a Buddha Book

I lied to myself that it was just somehow ended up ‘by accident’ in my boxes. I was unpacking books after a break-up.  The truth is I stole this Buddha book from from my ex in my 20s.  I’ve carried it from Boston to New York to Belgium to New Mexico.  I never read it […]