Emotional Women: Grief Contained and Grief Exposed at Santa Maria della Vita

When I walked through the doors of Santa Maria della Vita, a baroque church on a side street in Bologna, Italy, it took awhile for my eyes to adjust to the dim interior. A friend had told me there was something in this church that I needed to see. I made my way to a …

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Gardener or God? An Extraordinary Case of Mistaken Identity

Gardening isn’t an activity I typically associate with Jesus. But this week while reading through John’s gospel I was struck by the curious detail that when Mary first encountered Jesus outside the empty tomb, she supposed he was the gardener.

Victim or Survivor?—Giacometti, Ovarian Cancer and a Glimpse of Glory

Victims of a shipwreck—that phrase stuck with me. It’s a description I’ve been thinking about a lot over the last few weeks as a friend’s long struggle with ovarian cancer nears its end. I read the words last spring on the wall of the Pera Museum in Istanbul one morning when my husband and I …

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