Category Archives: Reflection

Thought for contemplation

Vocation: Essence

“Like breathing, it’s something I have to do. I’ve never really wanted to do anything else, and it’s been a lifetime of finding out what I need to know to do this.” A Conversation with Artist Mary Minifie by Charles … Continue reading

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Wild snail eating-and other thoughts on natural soundings

I find myself stumbling these days across some fascinating windows into the power of listening to non-vocal sounds in the natural world–related to healing, illness, trauma and civic conflict, and desert monasticism. Consider (or perhaps I should say, open your … Continue reading

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Night Owl’s Blessing

…rise up, and behold the choir of the stars, the deep silence, the great repose. Contemplate with wonder the order of your Master’s household. Then is your soul purer; it is lighter, and finer, and soars nimbly. The darkness itself, … Continue reading

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The hospitality of St. Polycarp

“The police….found him lying down in the upper room of a cottage. He could have escaped but he refused saying, “God’s will be done.” When he heard that they had come, he went down and spoke with them. They were … Continue reading

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Divine ocular fluid

    Moses as he lay dying [it is said] wrote the final verses of the Pentateuch with his own tears, “sealing his life and his book in the only manner it could be sealed, with the divine ocular fluid, … Continue reading

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Making music with life: The needle of the Word

I usually don’t post potentially preachy-sounding religious meditations on this blog, but am really struck by a thought-provoking online essay this morning on the Feast of the Epiphany (sort of), by Ryan Knowles, a former Boston University doctoral student in early Christian … Continue reading

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Religious ritual and civic sewers: Trondheim stormdrain

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