Prayer & Faith

Faithful Not Successful

The privilege of praying for others

April 29, 2017

This week, I have been chatting with various members of the Order of Malta as we prepare for our upcoming pilgrimage. Every single one of them has offered some variation on this theme: “Oscar’s presence will be such a blessing to us. It is our privilege to pray for you.” This seemed, at first, quite…


3 ways to live Lent when you are already in the desert

February 28, 2017

If you, like me, are in the desert this Lent, consider a different kind of spiritual practice for the next 40 days. Hold on to the ice cream, but work on the attitude.


On miracles, reprise

February 2, 2017

Hours after my last post, which amounted to basically a temper tantrum about how hard and meaningless it is to pray for miracles, we were granted a miracle. Not THE miracle. But a miracle nonetheless.


On miracles

February 1, 2017

“How’s your prayer life?” This question was posed to me four separate times within the space of three weeks. When something like that happens, I assume that God is trying to get my attention.


Better than we know ourselves

January 20, 2017

I have felt, rather helplessly, this inner desire to find God’s call for my life and do it. I devoured these books because I found it so fascinating to listen to other people’s stories on radically following God’s call.


The beard and the veil

January 13, 2017

Over the Christmas vacation, my dearest friends from college dropped in for a visit with their family. Most of the conversation revolved around faith — what weightier questions are there? At some lull in the conversation, my friend asked why Todd had grown a beard…


The faith of a child

January 6, 2017

“Mama, is Oscar still sick?” my five year old casually asks one day.

We are in the middle of a rousing game of Zingo, and I have just successfully defused a tense argument about who gets the “star” chip…

Christy Wilkens

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