Tag: saints


The dog and the author


This is an oil painting of a Skye Terrier named Bobby.  He lived as the companion of a police officer named John Grey whose beat was the Grassmarket between Greyfriars Church and Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1858, Bobby’s master, John Grey, died of tuberculosis and for fourteen years...

the regular saints – the modern ones


What is at stake anyways?  As the church changes in the new society being built, what will change and what will stay the same and how low or high are the stakes? This is a good week to wonder about the saints of our church and to wonder if they...

a nose knows


The elephant I lived with for a few weeks in the mountains of Thailand while on sabbatical liked to look at me.  The other mahout made fun of me and called me a Thai name which meant something like “gazer” though I have a sneaking suspicion that it was a...

mushrooms


The farmers markets are my favorite place on the planet.  And if I were not a Christian, say an atheist or a good, old fashioned pagan, I would consider farmer’s markets my form of church, like so many do hiking or yoga. At a farmer’s market recently there was a...

A mass of quiet ones in a bouquet


I love the way the light streams into the cathedral nave in the late afternoon. The glass refracts the light into the blues and oranges which architects reserve for feminine, nurturing spaces like churches, nurseries, hospitals and dining rooms.  They portray saints, tall and elegant in their great  vestments even...

Prayer and hot wax


The icon of Saint Anthony of Egypt, the first solitary and the first monastic of the church's recognition Egg tempera on plaster and carved wood, Mount Athos, 2000 The Oratory on Grape Street The candle is lit, white and cold - the wax not yet pooled as liquid nor even...