Joanna May Blog

If Anyone Thinks He Knows Something

"The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought." I’ve been searching through the Greek and Hebrew, breaking out commentaries, diagraming sentences, perusing the midrash and Talmudic writings and...

If Truth be Told

For a while now I have felt as if I was out of the will of the Lord; like I missed it somewhere and was heading back around on the “wilderness tour of duty.”...

I’m Ready for My Healing Now

“No blogging when crying.” I know that should be a rule. If so, here’s a violation. I hope you won’t mind if I direct this post in a little more vertical direction. Sometimes I...

My Growing Domesticity

I successfully made pancakes last night for the first time ever. Friends and family will all too quickly attest to my lack of domesticity. I can’t cook. But I have always chosen to believe...

A Little Bit of Inventory

On Liturgy, Education, Sabbath, and Fasting. A hard-hitting criticism of the extremes of a certain community. Simply put, no man is an island. The Lord clearly dictated that we go forward together, that the...

A Hypothetical Letter to an Old Friend

Dear Old Friend, I remember at first, after high school, I had this bridge-burning attitude. Like “I want to get the heck out of here and never come back.” I never wanted to see...

Monologue on a Stag

Today I’m reminded of my favorite poem of my favorite mystic, John of the Cross: “Like a stag in the forest, You charged me and fled. You vanished. I followed lamenting my loss.” John...

Barrenness In Me Too

I have been drawn to Matthew 7, the parable about trying to get the speck out of your neighbor’s eye, when there’s a plank in your own. Jesus’ words, "Hypocrite! First remove the plank,...