Month: December 2013


playfulness, wonder and fluids


You, oh Christ are of Joy. You play. A child with hands that play, a mind that wonders and a soul that is God's.What goes through your mind as a human boy entering into the mess of life? A mother adoring, wondering, full of grace and yet also very human...

Bad math


Advent Three, Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver, Colorado, December 15, 2013   A sermon. The Reverend Canon Charles LaFond   In the Isaiah reading today we hear the prophet do what he does so often.   Bad math.   He gets the math wrong.   He adds up the numbers; and...

A gold orb and a steel nail – a child savior


(author's note to the reader: For the next two weeks, as Advent undulates into the Great Feast of Christmas' twelve days, I will be using a collection images of Mary and Jesus - photos I took while on study leave recently in New York to design a school for Bishops...

Gratitude as we rush to make Christmas


The tomato sauce is cooking and has been for 15 hours.  it is time to slice, weep, bread and fry the eggplant. The fresh mozzarella is sitting on the counter ready to make the dish all smooth and delicious. At the same time I am packing a box for the...

spiritual bounty and recipes


  Today is a retreat day for me.  I will insert the standard three, one hour periods of prayer and the two one hour periods of spiritual, gentle reading but the rest of the time I plan to unplug, rest, nap and cook.  My main project is preparation for an...

Accedie in Advent


  This image is a metaphor for me of advent.  The imagery in John's gospel around light and dark which so infuses Advent with its longing, beauty and silence is pregnant in this image of an altar dossal (the cloth behind the altar).  I love the way there are these...

a new heaven and a new earth


This is Rome's interpretation of John the Baptist.  It makes me laugh.  I'm not saying it's not beautiful.  It is.  That white marble and those soaring muscles and raised hand are beautiful.  It just does not resonate with my view of John the Baptist.  Especially in Advent. The john I...

Mary and Jesus – a new advent message


Stop the action! Stop all the running around.  Everything is about to change. I will give birth to a small boy whose love and kindness will set a new standard for conduct. He will be the Prince of Peace. He dances on my lap. His arms are all over the...

simplifying in advent


Bruschetta, seen here on two of my own plates, is one of my favorite dishes.  I always try to keep good bread, tomatoes, basil, a hard cheese, garlic and some olive oil and balsamic vinegar in the house for a bruschetta attack. With a glass of wine it is, like...

breakfast on the beach


That Jesus would choose, as his first resurrection act, to have fish ready and roasting for his friends after a long night of fishing and grief the morning following resurrection day, makes my heart glad. I can only imagine how confused and heartsick the disciples were that first night of...