Author Archives: Kate Harris

“The Exact Place”– A Review

Published recently, Margie L. Haack’s The Exact Place is a memoir that meditates on the relationship between place and spiritual awakening.  The following excerpt is from the introduction of this superb book. Introduction  My mother, who was witness to much of … more »

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Living Faithfully in the Suburb

This essay originally appeared in Comment Magazine, the opinion journal of Cardus: www.cardus.ca/comment. Reprinted with permission. We have appreciated the ways our suburban home has served as a reminder of our commitments to ministry, community, and vocational coherence. It gives daily evidence of … more »

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Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

In all of the teaching and speaking and writing we do here at the Institute around the topic of vocation, one thing is certainly true: theology matters.  It matters for countless reasons, of course, but a significant one is that … more »

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To Dwell in a Household: Menial Work, Meaning, and Motherhood

The domestic joys, the daily housework or business, the building of houses / they are not phantasms / they have weight and form and location…” –Walt Whitman, To Think of Time If ever I came to the blank page with … more »

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Constraint, Consent & Motherhood

“As a Christian woman, in particular, I find this framework of ‘balance’ to be mostly anemic.  It is not wrong exactly – helping women find the vocabulary and mechanisms necessary to manage time and commitments adeptly and on an even … more »

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Sensing God

This people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed…But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. – Matthew 13:15a, 16 (ESV) For as long … more »

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I did it. It was me.

With Lent drawing to a close as we step into Holy week I have been thinking about repentance.  Specifically, I have been thinking about how hard it is. I have three young kids, the oldest of which are five and … more »

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Pain and Joy, Labor and Birth

This year, March inaugurates a new birthday celebration at my house as our wobbly-legged youngest son turns one.  Like many mothers, I could swear it was just yesterday that he was born, and perhaps it is that sincere vividness which … more »

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A New Kind of Resolution

Perhaps now that we are nearing mid-month New Year’s Resolutions are already old news – I for one can attest that my initial, steely resolve to give up refined sugar has long lapsed – yet this reflection on a better … more »

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Epiphany, Mission & Motherhood

(This article was originally published in Comment magazine, January 29, 2010). Work is not primarily a thing one does to live but the thing one lives to do. It is, or it should be, the full expression of the worker’s … more »

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