Author Archives: Joan

Our Global Community

We had a pumpkin for Halloween, and when the season was over, we cooked, mashed and froze the pumpkin for future desserts.  As I was cooking pumpkin custard this morning, I thought about our global community and how we support one … Continue reading

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The Long View

Dear Friends, Yesterday as I sat at our dining room table gazing across the pond, I had an experience very similar to something our daughter wrote in her e-mail to us today:   This morning I had to get up early … Continue reading

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This Lent

This Lent, O God,enlighten my mind so as to know your Word,let me see and appreciate beauty, mystery and diversity that is around me,let me hear the voice of the poor,fill my heart with compassion,let me wrap my arms around … Continue reading

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Blessed Christmas

The following poem touched me this season: The gate is open dare we enterthe snow looks heavy, deep,the woods, dark, deeper still the Star we’re told, is somewhere beyondon the other side of fear, of hopelessness The gate is open … Continue reading

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Advent Dreaming

Would not this world be a wonderful, awesome place, if we made real the words of the Prophet Isaiah? They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift sword against nation, neither … Continue reading

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Christ is risen. Alleluia!

Christ is risen. Alleluia!Christ is risen, indeed. Alleluia, Alleluia! May we move out of darkness and chaosinto the light and new life.In joy and hope,A Blessed Easter to all.

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Allen and Sue – a story

Allen and Sue is a novel-length story written in collaboration with my husband, John, as an extension of our ministry. It is our hope that this story will be of interest to those who have experienced PTSD, suffered domestic violence, struggled … Continue reading

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Peace be with you.

These weeks, days and hours have been filled with xenophobia, hatred and violence. Christ have mercy on us. To God’s People at Tree of Life Synagogue, and to the people of Pittsburgh, Shalom. We are with you in your pain. … Continue reading

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Blessed Triduum

May you be spiritually blessed during the Triduum: Holy Thursday Eucharist, a day of remembrance, a meal of thanksgiving, and washing of the feet as symbol of service. Good Friday, a day of sacrifice, of making holy; a cross, symbol … Continue reading

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Blessed New Year

May God shower many blessings upon you in the New Year 2018!

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