Tag: silence


discernment – only a gentle tug


Yesterday, like every other day in August, Kai and I stopped by one of the peach trees by the stables, on our afternoon walk to have a snack and swim. In the New Mexican sun, by late afternoon, the peaches are warm, and so their juices are quite literally flowing. ...

hooded


We all have our themes; things to which we go back over and over again as if those people around us haven’t heard the thousand times we have said that same “old thing he says so often.” We all have those oft repeated mantras which we say so frequently that...

ambition


Jesus models a lot of things, but ambition seems not to be one. There will be ambition in any organization and of course the church adds fuel to the fire by accommodating ambition with titles, ranks and clothing.  But ambition, it seems to me, is infested vocation. Vocation is something...

The better news


The Jesuit Theologian James Martin repeats the words of his Spiritual Director when he says of the Advent of God in Jesus: "There is good news and there is better news.  The good news is that a Saviour is Coming to save the world. The better news is that the...

listen


  "Sometimes it seems as if we do everything possible to avoid the painful confrontation with our basic human loneliness, and allow ourselves to be trapped by false gods promising immediate satisfaction and quick relief. But perhaps the painful awareness of loneliness is an invitation to transcend our limitations and...

Jesus


When I wake up in the morning I feel like he looks.  Determined.  Resilient, Trusting nobody. Standing tall even in a onesy. This photo was taken by my Dad when I was one. 1964.  Not much has changed. But then I sit, as my adult self, and I pray. When...

chords


“the search for meaning is really the search for the lost chord. When the lost chord is discovered by humankind, the discord in the world will be healed and the symphony of the universe will come into complete harmony with itself.” ― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic...

night watch


There have been emails recently from the 800 people who sign up for receipt this blog or those who read it occasionally and on Facebook or on the syndicated version of The Daily Sip on Episcopal Cafe.Com each Sunday in “The Magazine.” They have been asking about Christian Practice.  They...

Sabbath and self-worship


  This is an image from Prague.  I took the photo walking from my home, into the city the day I was hit by a train.  I remember, now, how hard I was working to see Prague - how hard I was working to see every museum, every park, every...

bits of beuty as a healing agent


    Ohi Chozaemon IX (1901-1986)  Japan, 1955, Earthenware Tea Bowl Denver Museum of Art Not to long ago I found that I had nothing scheduled in my calendar from 12:30-1:30 on a Wednesday. I remember being confused by the space.  What do I do?  Should I not be having...