Month: June 2015


Silent Retreat Week


The Daily Sip will resume next week. Charles is on a silent retreat this week. Please pray that his time is fruitful and a time of rest, solace, and peace.

gentle as doves


In the tenth chapter of Matthew “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."  Different translations mention either "wise" or "shrewd" and the translations of the descriptions of doves can include "harmless, innocent or gentle." Doves,...

life’s teaching weeds


Recently, in an art gallery in Detroit, I visited an exhibit of pottery.  It was of white porcelain and minimalist in nature.  Every few feet there was a small shelf with three small pots on it and the wall was covered in this Victorian wallpaper which I found considerably more...

exploring the depths of church philanthropy


Sometimes the light coming in from the garden lights my prayer station with a magical quality I enjoy. There is mystery and curiosity in the light as night turns to morning. And curiosity is what fuels my vocation as a missioner of philanthropy and mission.  That is not my title,...

lovely when together


Images from the Botanical Gardens Bonsai exhibit recently have been valuable icons for me, and this is one such image.  The little bonsai, seen from above reveals that the wood slice on which it sits is part of the decisions of the bonsai artist as they imagined and produced this...

grilled fish


I recently had tapas with friends, and this was on my plate. There is little more complex than a chunk of grilled, fresh sardine on a piece of bread with a leaf of parlously.  And little more simple either.  The complexity is in the crisp bread and slight charcoal of...

be kind


"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." -Philo of Alexandria This moss and trunk of a bonsai tree at the Denver Botanical Gardens is an icon to me, reminding me of how often I do not see the entire tree. Yesterday, I was driving on an...

Creativity and Imago Dei


In my new rental, the pottery studio extends off the oratory - a room set aside for silence, sitting, praying and decorated almost entirely by icons.  I love that this is the case because of the way pottery seems to extend from the relationship I have with God and the...

Passageways


Passageways Moving towards the end of the hall one feels the warmth of the light which slips in from the side like a merchant with a tea tray. Gentleness is the gloss of the floor with satin sleekness on cold stones. The rain just beyond the pillars reminds me that...

space in the enclosure of bread and wine


  This is one of the images on a cathedral chasuble, embroidered by one of our beloved, past parishioners.  This image arrests me.  I love the way the wheat and the grapes, symbols of our Eucharist, our bounty, our Savior's body and blood, our central act of worship - are...