Angels and Ice Cream

One day a father and his six small children troop single file into the thrift store. The tops of the little ones’ heads are staggered at four-inch intervals of height, like stair steps. At first, we clerks exchange glances, doubting whether one lone man is sufficient to keep twelve little hands off the breakables, but we needn’t have worried. The children follow along behind him to the back of the store and wait patiently while […]

Some Other Ideas for Lent

The Lent-Easter Ignatian Prayer Adventure online retreat started yesterday, but you can join in any time.  Take a look. I thought I’d mention a couple of other Lenten resources.  A couple are out of the ordinary. Other6 Prays Lent is an online community that helps you find God in the ordinary course of daily life. You might take some time to listen to the Lunchtime Examen, six guided Examens that lead you through my favorite […]

What Forgiveness Means

I have a friend whose family members hang onto grudges and slights. They are people who remember everything ever done to them, against them—and by whom. They just can’t let of the wrong that has been done to them and they carry it with them every day. “Refusing to forgive someone who has wronged you,” he says, “is like taking rat poison and hoping the rat dies.” Forgiveness is an incredibly difficult task, and for […]

Thrift Store Saints

Fifteen years ago, Jane Knuth wandered into the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan, looking to buy a rosary for her daughter’s First Communion.  She became a volunteer.  She liked the people who worked there.  Even more, she grew to know and love the poor people who came to the store for clothing and other necessities. Knuth has written an extraordinary book about her experiences called Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25¢ […]