I never would have guessed, when I involuntarily gave up running four years ago, that I would have so much to gain through walking: exercise, mental clarity, creative insight, even a bit of inner peace.
Marie Philomène Péan has served in pastoral care roles in her native Haiti, France and the U.S. Like many women around the world who hope and wait for a female diaconate, she looks to St. Phoebe for inspiration.
We tend to think of God as transcendent, omniscient, omnipotent — as larger and wider and deeper than the universe and everything in it. Yet with Elijah, God is a still small voice, a whisper of gentleness.
Scripture for Life: Concerns about who is in and who is out are as old as nature. As Isaiah, Jesus and Paul knew well, it's hard to free people from their ethnocentrism — the pride being part of an exclusive pack.