Month: May 2016


exchanging our speeches for silence


It takes great courage to be gentle.  And it takes especially great courage to be gentle with our selves.  We hold tightly onto the things we have chosen to believe.  We think things and then we choose, for whatever reason, to believe the things we think. Its insanity and we...

world peace


This image from our Te Deum window over the West Doors and around which the new Antiphonal Organ is being raised is one I find striking.  I expect it is Saint George but I am not sure.  Still, it reminds me of a church and a church history with which...

waiting


Kneeling, waiting on God can be infuriating.  This image from our Te Deum window over the West (actually south but who’s counting) doors of the cathedral is a detail we never really see because the window is so high.  I think this is Mary of Magdala because she is often...

Glory


The Te Deum window of the cathedral around which a great Antiphonal Organ is being built the week. My favorite writer on the spiritual life, Maggie Ross reveals  in The Fire of your Life, that the two comments she receives most are "You don't look like a hermit," followed by...

To the words between us; and to us between the words!


There is a great creativity possible when we fail. Initially, nobody likes failure.  We westerners tend to think that we are failures rather than that we have experienced failure.  These are two very different things.  Like the difference between shame and guilt (what I am versus what I have done),...

Miracles in pews


This  week, I entered the chapel to turn on the lights for an afternoon eucharist to find a woman, alone, in the front pew, in the dark, weeping.  Her seat was covered in kleenex and they indicated that she had been there quite a while and weeping for quite a...

The Wonder-woman pose: our imago dei


I am reading a wonderful book called Presence by Amy Cuddy as preparation to work I am doing with the House of Bishops in June and a book I am writing about asking for major gifts in churches - the second in a trilogy of the ‘fearless” book series on...

“My peace I leave with you…”


In John’s loop-de-loop gospel, everything is entwined and sounds terribly busy.  Like the vines of morning glories, Jesus weaves loops of meaning sometimes hard to interpret with sayings like “I am in you and you are in me and I am in the Father… but one thing in John’s gospel...

resurection currency and curry


There is so much language about flock and shepherd in the Bible.  We have incorporated it into our lexicon so that we equate a church and a diocese to flocks and priests and Bishops to shepherds. I guess my question is “Where is Jesus in this hierarchy?”  Is Jesus the...