Month: June 2014


The Holy Spirit


  This is a photo taken in a plane on Pentecost.  The mist was billowing out from the vents underneath the luggage compartments above our heads and it was Pentecost.  I was in a foul mood for having to travel on a Sunday and I found the whimsical event soothing...

A celtic Death Blessing


  Today we held a funeral in the church for a beloved member of our community.  She had spent her life teaching in our cathedral and had a special love of cleric spirituality.  As I ended the sermon, I ended with this prayer which I said on behalf of the...

the pious and the homeless as we struggle


  (Light from a stained glass window in the Saint Martin Chapel on a priest's locker door.) This morning, during morning prayer in the cathedral's Saint Martin Chapel, an extraordinary event of grace occurred.  We clergy meet in the chapel with a few parishioners every week day to say morning...

mindfulness and friendship


Practicing kindness to myself is advanced spirituality as is friendship. To practice kindness to myself is just that - a work which demand practice.  Like running or chess, we practice and practice and it gets better and better and some days we simply have a bad day and fail. For...

fear


  Facing into fear while letting go of all of the many self-intoxicants which we use to push fear away in favor of comfort and power is the only way forward in life.  Jesus modeled this when he answered Pilot's great question with a series of self-offerings.  What is truth?...

enough is enough


It could be easy to look at one's own life and wonder if it is making much of a difference.  The things we feel are important are important to us and perhaps to a few others.  The great humans we know like Gandhi, Saint Francis, and Dag Hammarskjöld ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag_Hammarskj%C3%B6ld...

being sure


  Our Buddhist brethren consider the lotus tower to be the icon of their God.  It toots in the decay of reality and truth and life.  It then grows through the water of living life and blossoms in the sunlight with the experience of divine truth and love.  The lotus...

China


  Today, the eight members of the mission trip to China depart the cathedral with our prayers and good wishes.  As they make their way form Christian church to christian church in China, they will meet a courageous church.  They will see that the issues of the churches in China...