Why do I walk on tiptoes when I first step into icy blue?                                  As if my waist must stay above the lapping line,                                                   as though caution will keep me safe in this task which infants undertake with glee? The slow preparation, the gasps as underneath we plunge: all this is ritual, and weContinue reading “Ritual”

Catechism 44

What is baptism? Baptism is the washing with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; it signifies and seals our adoption into Christ, our cleansing from sin, and our commitment to belong to the Lord and to his church. (New City Catechism) Why water? First He hovered, spirit, aboveContinue reading “Catechism 44”

Lent 19: Third Sunday of Lent

           Meanwhile we clutch unflinching rock with closed fists, willing water with dusty souls,            palms closed and eyes fixed groundward.               Somehow our hearts lock over each passing grief and seal themselves around each rock             as though our minds could read eternal.              Continue reading “Lent 19: Third Sunday of Lent”