Maria Evans

Thin Places

Thin Places

“The photo above is of the “thinnest place” on my pilgrimage…the ruins at Clonmacnoise, Ireland.  I was humbled to have had the opportunity to celebrate a midweek Eucharist there with our pilgrimage group.  About midway through the celebration, it suddenly dawned on me that what I was doing, had been done roughly 1500 years before me.”

Not Yet

Not Yet

“Sometimes, in our not knowing, over time we come to learn that whatever transpired or evolved ended up better than we imagined or would have scripted…and the truth is, we wouldn’t have been able to handle it.  We would very likely have gone off in another direction and missed the gift.”

Lavish and Intimate

Lavish and Intimate

“Ultimately, I have to wonder if what was really bugging Judas was not the cost, but the intimacy of death, and his own sense of fear and self-unease around what would play out in the days to come.  We see soon enough how he manages his own avoidance of his own possible death, and how that doesn’t really work out for him in the end. The ease of which Mary can be both lavish and intimate scares him…and as we all do when we’re scared, we cover our own vulnerabilities first.”

John Keble

John Keble

“Perhaps the real teaching point from his life is that he discovered a way to move out of his shell into a new reality, through his faith.  His faith inspired his poetry, and his poetry reflects the journey of a man who was continually seeking to understand Scripture and church teaching through the inner workings of his instinctual connection with the beauty of nature.”

Louise de Marillac

Louise de Marillac

“Louise de Marillac’s life story really wasn’t very different than our stories might be now. She put a dream aside, and by all accounts, lived a satisfying, challenging, and busy life. Yet when her husband died, mere chance re-awakened her to that old dream, and the Holy Spirit created new life out of what was once an old faded memory.”

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