What is Prayer?

Photo Taken During a Prayer Vigil in Washington, DC. Prayer is at the same time both an easy thing to explain as well as a difficult thing to explain. In some sense, it is so difficult because it is so very easy. What we have in the Bible there is a whole book devoted just [...]

Three Times the Charm

A Painting of St. Augustine by Philippe de Champaigne “Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you!  Behold, you were within and I was without; and there I sought you, plunging unformed as I was into the fair things that you have formed and made.  You were [...]

Struggle as Sacrament

The Appalachian Trail in Maine. "Since once again, Lord - though this time not in the forests of the Aisle but in the steppes of Asia - I have neither bread, nor wine, nor altar, I will raise myself beyond these symbols, up to the pure majesty of the real itself; I, your priest, will [...]

Trust the Slow Work of God…

Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus of Nazareth! If you had a chance to watch the Youth Sermon: How Their Story is Our Story, you will already know that I find this current season/situation that we are in as a bit disorienting.  The news and landscape seems to change daily, and [...]

Books Read in 2019

Don't know where I got this photo from, but it makes me chuckle. Each year, I keep a tally of the books I read. It started years ago with my brother, Steve, when we both tried to read a book a week. Since then, I tend to get close to about a book a week, [...]

Books Read in 2018

(Yes, I realize I published this a year late.) For a number of years now, I have challenged myself to try and read 52 books a year.  This year, I did not meet that goal.  And, I think that in 2019, I may intentionally scale back to focus on a different reading pattern, or set [...]

Books Read in 2017.

Hello Everyone!  Lets get it started! Below is a list of the books that I read in 2017.  These are in alphabetical order according to the last name of the author, not according to which books I thought were better than others.  You will notice that when I latch onto an author I tend to [...]

Nope, That’s Not Really a Virtue.

Over the past few months, no, years, I have been reflecting on what it means to have a healthy spirituality. Now, to me spirituality is the thing that breathes life into you.  And more than that, hopefully your spirituality is connected to the deep life of God while simultaneously anchoring your lofty ideals.  But what [...]