About Meredith Gould
Meredith Gould, PhD, is the author of seven books, including The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day, Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar? Jewish Roots of Christian Worship, and The Word Made Fresh: Communicating Church and Faith Today. She serves on the team at The Virtual Abbey and founded the Twitter chat for church social media (#chsocm).

Love One Another–Online and Off

Earlier this week I found myself in a phone conversation with someone with over a decade of experience in  church leadership. Yes, we were on the phone talking about social media, which just underscores my perpetual point about choosing communication tools wisely and well. Among other things, she was concerned about  the questionable quality of interaction among Christians that sometimes shows up on social media. “It’s much too snarky, too negative,” she said.  My response? “Please […]

Forgetting to Remember

This week we are republishing some of the most popular posts from dot Magis. Today’s jolt arrived mid-afternoon when I hauled out a (paper!) calendar to jot something down. The square for September 1st remained unadorned by red heart and sparkling star stickers. Nowhere on my calendar had I written “anniversary!!!” in big purple letters with a trinity of exclamation points; neither on the Month At A Glance nor on the Week At a Glance […]

The Blessing of Married Couples

With two — count ’em — church annulment documents carefully stashed in a fireproof file box, I vowed I’d never get remarried. The annulment process revealed all that had been predictably wrong and I, for one, was not going to risk another messy marriage. We plan; God laughs. A decade elapsed between my first and second marriages. I entered the second no better prepared than I was for the first, either emotionally or spiritually.  Thirteen years […]

Marriage Prep: Labyrinth Walking

Does anyone not know I’m getting married in four weeks? I’m getting married in four weeks and have been writing about it here. This isn’t my first or even my second marriage, but I know it will be my last one. This time God is at the center; something I knew early on in my relationship with Dan and is affirmed by the Holy Spirit every step of the way. Earlier this week some of […]

Refrigerator Reminders

No kid stuff to plaster all over my refrigerator with fruit magnets, just stuff that has captured my attention. Mostly images, snippets of scripture, prayers. Some stuff, like the laminated Sacred Heart of Jesus card from a funeral back in 1996 has been posted on at least three different refrigerators since then.  The chart with Shabbat candle lighting times for Baltimore, Maryland is about to be replaced when 5772 blows in on September 29. One […]

Forgetting to Remember

Today’s jolt arrived mid-afternoon when I hauled out a (paper!) calendar to jot something down. The square for September 1st remained unadorned by red heart and sparkling star stickers. Nowhere on my calendar had I written “anniversary!!!” in big purple letters with a trinity of exclamation points; neither on the Month At A Glance nor on the Week At a Glance pages.  The only thing scrawled onto the day itself  was an acupuncture appointment. Wild. […]

St. Ignatius and the Yoga Center

Growing up Jewish in Northern Jersey, what did I know about St. Ignatius Loyola? Not much. Fast forward to the late 1980s and I’m at his feet, sort of literally. Where? At the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts.* Unless it has been blasted out, there’s a ginormous mosaic of St. Ignatius in what was once Kripalu’s main chapel, once a Jesuit novitiate house. The saint’s gaze is lifted to heaven in […]

It’s a Mitzvah

Seems to me the word “mitzvah” is being used a lot these days. Usually it shows up in exclamations: “It’s a mitzvah.” Maybe I’m noticing this because the recent preponderance of unnaturally natural disasters has highlighted people reaching out to help one another. Or, maybe this is all going on in my mind? I wouldn’t be surprised if this were the case. My mind and all that drifts through it has been irrevocably shaped by […]

Today’s News . . .

Many years ago, I went on a news fast.  To be more precise, I stopped reading, watching or listening to any and all news from 1988 through 1993-ish. Can’t say I missed finding out about wars, famines, and predictable  instances of inhumanity in real time. My biggest shock was learning that Sammy Davis, Jr. had died and Mr. Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. had stepped down from the Supreme Court. Can’t remember why I decided […]

Praying from the Heart

Exaggeration or reality? There’s not a person of faith–dead or alive–who hasn’t at some point trudged through a desert landscape of dusty dry and somewhat dessicated prayer. By grace, our rote prayers at these times provide comfort by virtue of their structure. By faith, we know mind, heart and spirit will come back into alignment at some point here or in the hereafter. Thanks to the contemporary miracle that is Twitter, I was led to the […]

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