Bread of Life (part 2)

Bread of Life (part 2)

Yesterday I found myself reflecting on making sourdough bread in this time of isolation and uncertainty. Looking at the mechanics of the process and the experience leads to a different way of reflecting on life. Making bread, especially the long slow process of...

Bread of Life – Sourdough

Bread of Life – Sourdough

Photo by Kate Remmer on Unsplash I have taken this time of isolation as a chance to revive an old practice: breadmaking. My oldest child (who is an impossible 41 years old) was in kindergarten before he knew that bread could come from the grocery store. Back then my...

Self-isolation a few weeks in

Self-isolation a few weeks in

Photo by Mélissa Jeanty on Unsplash It seems like forever when we went out to eat at Jim&Nick's on a Sunday evening back in early March. We sat outside on the patio. They were struggling with staffing since students at the university had gone home for spring...

Holy Saturday, Holy Darkness

Holy Saturday -- the waiting time after Jesus dies on the the cross, but before he rises much to our joy and surprise. Just what is so holy? If you are a Christian who has walked Holy Week with the scriptures, or in other years, perhaps attended Palm Sunday, Holy...

Why do I still go to church?

The other night we had friends over for dinner. A bit of a disagreement or difference of opinion erupted, mostly because of my reaction to what one of our guests put forth. I fear I came across badly, but my reaction told me a lot about myself. The friend was so in...

Arts and Crafts

Art: listening and entering into a place where the muse (or the Holy Spirit) can speak to me with a vision that needs to be passed on, or at least given form be it in color, dance, music or some other manifestation Craft:  the means by which art is brought to life;...

Perennial Wisdom

As I press on my journey, I find myself caught between not fitting comfortably into a given tradition and feeling connected to many traditions. My path seems to be as a Christian, carrying the backpack with a brand name of  Roman Catholic. The road is a winding one...

Lessons from odd places

I know I have a problem -- I like to play versions of Angry Birds, Candy Crush and Words with Friends. I can get absorbed. I can use it to back off from the world (I'm a bit of an introvert and sometimes I do need to retreat). That said, there are lessons to be...

Connections

Today's "aha!"comes from a January reflection from CAC ...One of the most familiar of Jesus’ teachings is “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:39). But we almost always hear that wrong: “Love your neighbor as much as yourself.” (And of course, the...

The Comma: Being and Doing

I read the numbers and understand that so many of my generation, and even more of those who follow behind, no longer attend church or ascribe to a particular faith. I, myself, while still attending mass on a regular basis, find that I feel estranged in many ways from...

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