Saint Francis and the lonely life

On this, Saint Francis’ feast day, I must share with you all a very Francis-ish reflection from Gerry Straub, and great filmmaker and spiritual guide for me. It says a lot of the same things I feel as a Monk In Place, and the loneliness of longing for God that I...

God’s Vastness

The whole “On Being” radio show from a couple weeks ago, “On Exoplanets and Love”, is a wonderful and fascinating use of your time to read/listen (transcript and/or podcast ). It features Natalie Batalha from NASA’s Kepler Mission and...

As Advent comes to a close….

My Advent reflections here are based on the scriptures in the Christian Liturgy for this Fourth Sunday of Advent: Micah 5:2-5a, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10, and Luke 1:39-55. The Psalm is especially meaningful right now, as we feast on tears through this latest...

Thanksgiving meditation

She is 11, as old as my second oldest child. Not much to her, though, about 4 inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than my 11-year-old. She always looks hungry, and tired, but from what I’ve learned about her, she’s a fighter. So I’ll call her Mary for now, in honor...

John 17 Mysticism

We didn’t get to share much of the Sunday readings for The Ascension of The Lord at our Gathering on the 19th, and none from The Seventh Sunday of Easter. So, I thought I’d make some time here to reflect on the Gospel reading from the Seventh Sunday, since...