(RNS) — Gratitude, says theologian Diana Butler Bass, is not a happy pill, nor is it about how much you're glad that you're comfortable and own stuff. In fact, it's not really about you.
Rest in peace, darling Phyllis . . . with gratitude for all the love and nourishment you have given to so many writers, artists, church people, not-church-people, and assorted basset hounds.
The Tickle-down theory states that the riches of one extraordinary liturgical prayer practice can be enjoyed by any layperson. Happy 80th birthday, Phyllis Tickle.