Month: December 2014


high windows and doors


Advent can be overwhelming, not so much as a religious season but as a season of the year within our culture. It can feel like a trap of schedules, financial demands, social demands, expectations of family and friends.  It can also be a time, crushed as it is between Thanksgiving...

a hole in the wall


From time to time, life will look like this.  It will feel like one is boxed in, stuck, looking out at freedoms or simply open spaces which we do not currently enjoy. Advent can be a dark time for anyone for whom loss is pregnant in them.  Losses of all...

stillness in chaos


One of the things about doorways is that they lead from one thing to another.  They are liminal spaces - a place between one place and another.  Doorways, hallways, passageways, are all entry or exit-ways to another place.  And when I look at most tombstones I notice that they too...

gifts, longings and attachments in Advent


This window panel from the cathedral nave is of the visit to the Christ child with gifts. It reminds me of that particular discipline of Advent in which we wait for, long for, put off receiving …the gifts.  Advent is a time of waiting…of longing for Jesus - an act...

Friendship: doors within doors


Advent is a season in which locked doorways open. Advent is also a season in which we see the light seeping in from beneath, around and above the doorways of our lives. This image of the doorway to the treasury in an ancient Cathedral shows a door within a door...

The Middle Advent


The best time at the monastery was on Tuesday nights when the Harvard community were welcomed into the monastery for a taste of our life, our bread, our wine and sour dinner.  Intellectuals are fun because they are indistinguishable from the homeless. Almost as a way to prepare for the...

Advent’s Light


The hallways and doors to Advent are simultaneously bright and dark.  There is a neon quality to the light of Advent's dark blue which seems to go with none of the Christmas decorations.  And perhaps that is they way of it.  The throbbing longing for God to be among us...