Month: April 2014


Monday in Holy Week


This is the O Nymphios Icon used in the first three evening "matins" of the Orthodox church and my most beloved Icon.  It was written for me while on Mount Athos at Prodomou Monastery with a friend with whom I have often stayed and who loves me greatly and kindly....

Holy Week and Easter


There have been forty days of confessions.  It is now time to enter more deeply into the reality of what God chose to do - in order to let God reorder our relationship with God - in order to show us how great is God's love and how deep God's...

Dissatisfaction


We are so attached to what we think is the right thing.  At least I am. "Is this right?  Is this making me happy?  Do I like this? Is this getting me to where I think I should be?" Satisfaction may be the most gratifying prayer of thanksgiving we can...

Holy Week


Sometimes I see Holy Week as Something to survive scaling and then in other seasons Holly Weeks is just something which caries me along like a rapid. in this Passion-tide as we prepare for the week ahead, I find the most valuable thing to do is to practice mindfulness. after...

tumble-weed prayer


  Lord, God of all creation help me to see that the things in my life which seem dead and blown about are part of the tumbling beauty of the world around and within me.   Help me to see that when Lent catches a blowing dead thing in mid-flight...

rope


You watch us praying in darkening days. You watch us avoiding praying while you make your way. You leave foot prints to the dung-hill and around, in creation, which indicates that a truly great creator has been at work and has been by. But then you let evil triumph and...

temptations


When I look at this image taken during a walk on my retreat, I see a rocky out-cropping which reminds me of the temptation-cliff we read about in the gospel.  Jesus was led to it by The Holy Spirit and, we are told, was also full of the Holy Spirit....

feathers in lent on a mesa


Three hundred feet up in the air off the desert floor in the Hopi Territory of Arizona is a flat mesa; one of three mesas strung along the desert like three mystical stages.  The wind whips over these ancient villages pitched precariously on these flat mountain tops and populated by...