Month: March 2016


A chapter of a Rule of Life on Retreat


Retreats There must be times of retreat or else humans will become lost in work, production, materialism and suffering, losing their way simply by wandering off the gentle path which keeps appearing under foot by angels.  One must retreat in order to listen to oneself and to our God’s whispers...

Stauros


A Chapter from a Rule of Life on Baptism and Easter Being Marked - “Stauros” "...TAKE UP THEIR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME..." MARK 8:34 What does it mean to live into Easter?  Do we, must we drag that cross around over hill and dale?  And if so, what is the...

Good Friday: poured between rock and wood


“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 The opposite of fear is not courage, nor certainty neither even power.  The opposite of...

A chapter form a Rule of LIfe on Betrayal


As you write your Rule of Life, remember that some of your chapters will be hard ones to write, such a a chapter on betrayal.  It is hard to remember when we have been betrayed and hard to write about it.  But writing these somewhat dark chapters (which I place...

A Chapter of a Rule of Life on evils and some resources


A Chapter of a Rule of Life On evils The problem with evils is that they are often so lovely.  Why would we reach for them if they were not.  And they are insidious, they attach to us and they grow by feeding off of our goodness. There is no...

A Chapter of a Rule of Life: Sin


The window of Eden in The Nave of Saint John's Cathedral : evil is beautiful and majestic with wide wings and a purple body. In the first window, eve (an image of the wife of the Dean at the time in the 1920's) was fully naked.  The window on sin...

Strange warrior, strange saviour, strange week


Armour from the Denver Art Museum this week   Many theologians refer to what we are doing in this thing we call “church” as reclaiming land.  They say we are, by every act of kindness, every gift of money to the financially poor, every payment of our pledge – that...

Preparing for Holy Week Chapters…


Preparing for some Holy Week Chapters: Facing Sins,  Evils and "Stauros" Next week is Holy Week and we will be writing four chapters which lend themselves to consideration during Holy week - What does it mean to carry a cross?  What does it mean to face evils and suffering?  What...

A Chapter of a Rule of LIfe on Kindness


There is a part of me which wishes that I did not need a chapter on kindness in my Rule of Life.  I wish I were so innately kind to myself and others that I would need not have a reminding passage in my Rule on the subject.  I wish...