On not being God


      Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.    Psalm 74:15,16 Last night I was in a terrible mood for the evening office. The Chapter of...

the silver cup


"They are all going to die one day…help them with that." What does a preacher do when this is what rings in his ears as he stands before the evening Wilderness service to preach on a sunday night?   I had written a fine sermon and yet, in that split second...

the stewardship of our compassion – giving tenderness away


There are so many beautiful images in the cathedral.  I love the art and architecture of St. John's in the Wilderness.  The church has come a long way from being a wood building in which miners, a minister and his two attractive daughters gathered for prayers. There are very few...

stewardship of rest and re-creation


As I end a time of rest and re-enter the schedule of morning and evening prayer bracketing a day of work, I feel rested, centered, well and peaceful.  Vacations are hard for me because I was not raised by people for whom rest was anything other than camouflaged laziness and...

Time


  A couple nights ago, I needed some candy for a house-warming party and did not have the needed time to make my completely amazing english toffee recipe.  I had chocolate in the house and I was aware that on my last run to the asian markets on Alameda and...

Present Moment…Next Please


  One of the challenges of my life is that I tend to spend my thought time in the past or the future.  Millions of self help books (including the Rule of Life book I am writing!) will encourage being mindful of one's thoughts; and our Buddhist brethren have a...

God’s lack of experience


The ceiling of the Orthodox cathedral in Denver is a massive gold dome which arches from the ground, all the way up more than a dozen stories.  At its peak is this image of God as Jesus Pantocratpr surrounded by the saints and angels wrapping all the way down to...

Blog the first- on mindfullness


We western humans notice the speed with which we live our lives when we slow down a bit in summer months.  On vacation, I notice that my driving improves, my calls to friends are longer and richly textured and my time with my dog Kai allows for Kai to express...

Stillness


Dostoevsky twice mentions St. Isaac the Syrian in The Brother Karamazov and Christopher Columbus’ son took a translation of his homilies when traveling with his father as a companion. Outside of Orthodox Church circles, few know of him or his writings on Stillness and the spiritual life. A friend of...

The scent of God on my breath


We had a great time in the Diocesan House Chapel of the Holy Angels today for our weekly Eucharist. It was the transferred feast of Andrei Rublev, monk and iconographer, so we opened a box of rose scented Turkish Delight so that the chapel was filled with the fragrance of...