I remember wondering what it would have been like to be a friend of Jesus, to have experienced his vigor, his newness and the wild hope he would have aroused for a long awaited promise to be fulfilled. And then to experience his grim suffering and death, and to have no idea that the astonishing Resurrection life was about to break into history and inaugurate the new creation, eternal and ever-green. The anguish must have been crushing.read more
It is no accident that church tradition celebrates the resurrection of Lazarus on a Saturday (Sabbath), the final day of creation, making it also a foretaste or signpost of re-creation. It is also poetically poignant that Lazarus Saturday falls on the eve of Palm Sunday, the day Jesus set out from Bethany on a donkey to goad the great and final confrontation by which he conquered death by death.read more
Advent begins with focused attention to the agony of our deepest longings. The task is to let the truth behind those longings rise to the surface before suppressing them with lesser fare, because the longings themselves may be the first reliable indicators of the One thing that leads to true fulfillment, satiation and joy.
“St. Nicholas clearly saw the link between chronic poverty and (sex)slavery, and acted selflessly to interrupt the devastating consequences of deprivation…”
I am sensing amongst the Christian faithful a deepening longing for personal and corporate contemplative experience that is rooted in, and nourished by, the rich traditions of the church…
…we are well on our way to a new and mutually flourishing relationship with our good neighbours at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.
This is our chance to join in on the better history of Christ’s Church rising up to champion the marginalized and oppressed, as mandated in Micah 6:8…
This is a matter of local, regional and national justice and integrity with symbolic potential to begin a sea-change in relations between First Nations and Canadian Settler peoples….
“Certainly, as a Christian, I feel no neccesarry affiliation with any one ideology. A healthy theology of “the fall” assures me that politics is pretty much always going to be a broken response to a broken situation—necessary, but broken…”
“…how difficult it is to settle the soul and free it from obsessive distraction (even of good things) so that it may quietly, and consciously breathe the breath of God that is prayer.”
This project is what happens when a master-craftswoman and a Christian contemplative meet in the same person….
“This is the perfect way truly to HEAR the Psalms — with scholarship and music, with mind and heart, with intelligence and emotion, with our whole unified soul!”