Posts by Ann

Advent Day 23: The season isn’t always joyous

“Just hours after his 28-year-old grandson died, a shaken former President Jimmy Carter broke the news to his Plains, Georgia, church and then taught Sunday School.” This news really moved me. Not just that President Carter’s beloved grandson, Jeremy, died. But that hours after it happened, the President showed up at his church, shared the news with his fellow congregants, and taught…

Advent Day 16

I don’t know the origin of this, but this morning a friend reposted a comment on Facebook that said, “Mary, Did You Know? Is the mansplainiest of carols. Of course she knows. Did you miss the magnificat.” I’ve been reflecting on this all day. How Mary did know what was going on with her, and she was still able to “magnify the…

Advent Day 11: Hope & Courage

I was doing so well with my attempt at Advent preparation, and then this week came and I fell down on the job. I totally forgot to post my reflection yesterday. Sometimes I’m jealous that Mary ended up pregnant because it didn’t require too many attention to details. In lieu of an Advent reflection, how about we all take a moment to…

Advent Day 8: Hope

One of my favorite sweatshirts is from Hope College. This is one of three colleges associated the Reformed Church in America. It’s the college where my parents and my grandparents all met one another. It’s a place that’s just referred to as “Hope” in my family. Over the years, Hope hasn’t been a particularly “hope-filled” place for me. They are pretty well…

Advent Day 3: Let Hope Find You

I don’t like to be still for very long. New York is the perfect city for me – fast paced, lots of activity. New Yorkers are not known for being still for very long – we have a hard time waiting for the subway, and jaywalk when we can. I’m much better at “doing” than “being.” I tend to think that I…

The FDNY’s It Gets Better Video

This week, the FDNY released a really powerful video as a part of the It Gets Better Project. I’m so thankful to have been included in this project. There are so many wonderful, caring members of the FDNY, and it’s a privilege to get to serve as one of their chaplains. For me, this job is a dream come true. But I…

Generosity

One of our neighbors is a very committed 80-something year old Catholic woman. Over the years, she and I have become good friends. We talk a lot about Jesus and the church. She tells me stories of her life in Greenpoint in the 60s and 70s. I keep her updated on all the comings and…