Month: November 2015


to let things simply be


  Onions, peeled, cut in half, roasted in the oven with the chicken, can be a wonderful side dish drizzled with a bit of olive oil and some salt and pepper. I made these last week for a gathering of friends - a simple Sunday Chicken roast-off. Foods that show...

Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving Gratitude is the incense of God’s hopes and longings from us. God needs no sacrifices of blood or loss; no deep bows nor pious prostrations; no perfect altars nor sanctimonious sentiments; no coins to widows, no sad-eyed study. God wants us to see. See the way her mouth turns...

Downward Dog


When Kai does the downward dog pose, with all of its authenticity, he reminds me of how I want to exist in the world - this glorious carpet of patterns and glamour.  I am usually not successful in the long, low, bow.  I usually posture, strut, lumber, wander.  But I...

Fruit Cake Recipe


Charles LaFond’s English Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe Mixed on Stir-up Sunday (The last Sunday before Advent), fed whiskey throughout the year, served the following year at Christmas time. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a deep 8 inch cake pan with a double layer of baking parchment or brown...

the “yes” we need fpr Advent


Christ The King Sunday (and Stir Up Sunday) The last Sunday before Advent Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver Colorado, November 22, 2015 The question which sets up the entire religious traditions of Christianity and Judaism is a question about Kings and kingdoms.  Who is king?  Do we need a king? Over...

Celebrating our “yes”


This week we celebrated our parish life with a dinner.  We gathered in the nave by candle-light, 250 of us.  We ate smoked, candied salmon on greens with pomegranate and blueberry dressing, hot, crisp croissants with Hawaiian red, salted butter, warm mushroom and rosemary risotto, roasted butternut squash risotto with...

blue, peach and crimson hope: prepare to prepare


  It will be hard to get used to the way the morning light shines through clouds in Colorado lighting them up peach against a bright blue sky. It is a feature the desert. I have seen this morning phenomenon nowhere else. Winter runs from All Saints to Candlemas in...

detachment


Rare it is that we were deeply and well-connected to parental nurturing as babies and small children.  Some were.  Most  were not.  Most of us were born to mere mortals and not to saints.  Some were.  Most were not. As I watch Liz and Joe nest with their new baby,...

resentment


I listen to books when I drive and today I needed to pull over when I heard Gabor Mate say that we needed to choose between resentment and guilt.  “Did I hear that right?” I said to myself. He went on to say that people are going to do what...

take Martin’s tour


Yesterday was the feast of Saint Martin of Tours.  He is the patronal saint of our chapel and is considered a model for the parish priest even though he never, to my knowledge, had a parish per se.  He lived in the 4th century in Hungary and went to church...