Monthly Archives: March 2017

Day 4 of Lent


12800313_10153686881308551_1014557155460985432_n“I know God loves me.  When my mom died God allowed me to spend her last days with her and I was with her when Jesus told her she loved her and she told him she already knew.  Moments later, she finally exhaled her last breath with a smile.”

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Day 3 of Lent


“I came because I heard the church was open.  I thought it was closed all these years…”

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Day 2 of Lent


Spoken from the door frame of the church: “Are you sure that God wont smite me?  I just had sex and we ain’t planning to be married…”

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Ash Wednesday: Day 1 of Lent


“It is wonderful to see you both out here. Together doing this.  It has been a while for me.” (continues walking, gets to the corner, returns).

“Can you please pray for me and share my ashes?”

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Mardi Gras 2017


On this evening I choose to participate in Glitter Ashes at the end of a Glitter Filled Masquerade Ball.

img_2680Actually deeper than that, I choose to intentionally invite a group of people who for many reasons have felt unwelcome at church… for whom the space that I consider so sacred and holy has been a closed door (as it has at times been for me).  We offered glitter ashes, not for the LGBTQ community, but rather for the community of revelers, partiers, dancers, revolution starters, justice and pleasure seekers and workers.  Because God travels with us into our many sanctuaries, and cries along side us in our times of grief and those are way too often.  And if God is always really with us,  and I believe God is: then glitter and tears and smell goods and stale messes all mixed into what became our sacred ashes.

Yeah, that is…

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Lenten Practice 2017


It makes sense that Mardi Gras should become part of my series of favorite religious holidays.  After all, the seldom told story (at least in my family) is that Mardi Gras (also known as: Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday) is the final day, the culmination of the Christian Feast that commenced on Three Kings Day (El Dia de los Reyes, Epiphany). Y El Dia de los Reyes, is my favorite!!!

The morning after Mardi Gras, we begin the season of Lenten Fasting, we partake in the sharing of Ashes on Ash Wednesday as a PUBLIC affirmation of our faith in God.  Lent lasts 46 days (40 days of fasting which excludes the 6 Sundays which are not days of fast).  These occur before Easter.

Every year I try to figure out ahead of time what I will “give up” as my Lenten Fast… For the last few years I have done…

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