Author interview: Michael D O’Brien and The Lighthouse

Though written before the coronavirus pandemic began, the latest novel by Michael D O’Brien explores themes of isolation, loneliness and the need for connection with others and God. It’s called The Lighthouse and was published by Ignatius Press this month. More than a dozen books, many of them best-sellers including Fr Elijah: An Apocalypse, Elijah in Jerusalem, The…

Warming up

It’s been feeling definitely spring-like for a few weeks now. We even had a 30-degree day last week, an early blast of summer that dropped with an afternoon southerly leaving a cool, rainy trail of days since. An unplanned window of a couple of hours opened up yesterday afternoon and made my husband and our…

Desert spirituality today

I was emailed an interview with a Greek Orthodox theologian by a friend yesterday and it was a beautiful piece of spiritual reading, perfectly timed to find me sitting at the kitchen table contemplating some apple and cinnamon muffins warm from the oven. Healthy ascetism and fresh apple muffins can pair really well, believe me….

Grabbing the grateful moment

Experts laud the science of gratitude – I have no reason not to believe them. And I know from experience that an attitude of gratitude is probably the best disposition for human flourishing. I also know how it feels when a reminder to be grateful for the blessings I know I have feels like another…