December 17, 2017

The Feast Before the Fast

“One will have to give account in the judgment day of every good thing which one might have enjoyed and did not.” • The Talmud • • • The seriousness of Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday is preceded on Tuesday each year by a day of frivolousness and indulgence. We feast before we fast. […]

Lent 2012: A Journey into the Wilderness

“We are all outside of paradise. We are locked up aboard an unsteerable ship, and we bide our time, unsure of ever reaching land, hungrily eyeing each other as the foodstores fail. We are that tainted generation of former slaves who now must perish in the wilderness on the outside chance that it will help […]

Lent V

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 11:1-45 a sonnet if only you had been here with us then when your close friend, our brother, passed away i know you could have helped, have healed, have saved his life and kept us from this hopeless day instead we watched him slowly lose his breath we bid […]

Friday with the Fathers (5)

By Chaplain Mike The Epistle of Barnabas is next on our list as we consider the works of the Apostolic Fathers, which are the earliest Christian writings outside the New Testament itself. The main guide we are using for these studies is The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations, by Michael W. Holmes. An […]

Lenten Meditation

By Chaplain Mike Doggone it! I hate when life gets in the way of blogging! This week’s “Friday with the Fathers” has morphed into “Saturday with the Fathers.” Our consideration of The Epistle of Barnabas will be posted tomorrow afternoon. Until then, consider this Lenten quote from Joan Chittister from her wonderful book, The Liturgical […]

Lent IV

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 9:1-41 a sonnet he spat and made a muddy mash of clay and smeared it smartly on my long-blind eyes then bid me bathe in waters of siloam i splashed the muck away and saw the skies! from birth i’d borne the slanderous slur of sin and sat and […]

Friday with the Fathers (4)

By Chaplain Mike Today, in our Lenten series on the Apostolic Fathers, we consider a work that many think comes to us from the days of the apostles themselves: The Didache (The Teaching). Known in ancient times as The Teaching of the Lord to the Gentiles by the Twelve Apostles, or, in shorter form, The […]

The Liturgical Gangstas Talk about Lent

Presented by Chaplain Mike Four of our Gangstas have come out of hiding (though they are still not showing their faces) to talk with us about how they approach the season of Lent, personally and in their church traditions. Also—A big IM “Congratulations” to Gangsta Rev. Angie Gage, who was married on March 18 to […]

Lent III

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 4:5-42 a sonnet he knew, and how he knew i’ll never know this thirsty stranger standing at the well i came at noon to avoid abhorring eyes and constant cutting comments i can’t quell and there this man, this jewish stranger, stood bold to approach, to speak, to break […]

Friday with the Fathers (3)

By Chaplain Mike Thus far in our Lenten series on the Apostolic Fathers, we have discussed Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch. Today we consider the last of the three chief Apostolic Fathers: Polycarp of Smyrna. Polycarp and Ignatius knew one another, and Ignatius wrote one of his letters to Bishop Polycarp as he […]