December 3, 2016

Lent V: Richard Rohr on the Humility of John of the Cross

Lent V Richard Rohr on the Humility of John of the Cross On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. This Sunday’s Gospel text, the story of Mary anointing Jesus in anticipation of his death and burial, portrays the woman as a person of humble devotion. She entered a […]

Lent IV: Richard Rohr on the Ever-Moving Creator

Lent IV Richard Rohr on the Ever-Moving Creator On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. I was struck this past week by the most recent discovery of the Hubble Space Telescope. Here was the announcement: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is an amazing time machine; by looking back […]

There is a way through…

Here’s another picture from the Kentucky hills for our Lenten contemplation. Click on it for a larger image. This shot was captured by our friend Alan Creech. Alan took this in Lee County, KY, just barely on the other side of the Red River Gorge. I sometimes imagine our forbears here in North America, for […]

Lent III: Richard Rohr on Merton and a Life of Contradictions

Lent III Richard Rohr on Merton and a Life of Contradictions On Sundays in Lent this year I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. Lent (Spring) is such a time of contradictions! Yesterday we were in northern Indiana, where a foot of snow had fallen a few days before. Large piles of plowed […]

Charles H. Featherstone: Lent – By Grace Alone

Note from CM: I preached on Abraham from Genesis 15 last Sunday. I love what Charles says about the patriarch here, and wish I had said it half as well as he does. • • • What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something […]

Another Look: Lent – Praying with the Exiles

O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad. • Psalm 53:6 When we read and pray the Psalms, we enter into the prayers of David and the other psalmists, we enter into the prayers of the exiles who composed, edited, […]

Lent II: Richard Rohr on the Dance of Breath and Soil

Lent II Richard Rohr on the Dance of Breath and Soil During Lent, on Sundays I’m sharing some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in “Franciscan alternative orthodoxy,” which emphasizes both […]

Every morning is a little Lent

Every morning is a little Lent Lent I The picture above is the second in a series of photos that I am using to focus my Lenten meditations this year. Click on it to see the full size image. I took this picture last spring in Oneida, Kentucky, Michael Spencer’s home, early on a Sunday morning as […]

Lent I: Richard Rohr on Learning How to Love

Lent I Richard Rohr on Learning How to Love During Lent, on Sundays I’d like to share some things I’ve been learning from Richard Rohr. Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in “Franciscan alternative orthodoxy,” which […]

Another Look: All Fall Down – The Wilderness Within

Broken lines, broken strings Broken threads, broken springs Broken idols, broken heads People sleepin’ in broken beds Ain’t no use jivin’, ain’t no use jokin’ Everything is broken… • Bob Dylan • • • We must first learn that the wilderness is within us. Though we dwell in dry and discouraging places, the barren land […]