Sunday, April 30, 2006
Do you need direction?
Saturday, April 29, 2006
the highest good
Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light and causes me to know your truth. By this light, reflected as it were in a mirror, I recognize that you are the highest good, one we can neither comprehend nor fathom. And I know that you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love.
You are the garment which covers our nakedness, and in our hunger you are a satisfying food, for you are sweetness and in you there is no taste of bitterness, O triune God!
Saint Catherine of Siena
Friday, April 28, 2006
How easily can the Evil One find in us a hundred thousand sins; ah, and how one must become anxious and afraid unto death if one cannot defend oneself and go quite poor and empty, to him who alone quickens the weary and heavy-laden. How different is he who gives himself completely, just as he is, to the Lord Christ, and says to him: "You are my righteousness and my joy!" If you have nothing left, but leave yourself to Jesus, who can drive you out of your fortress? As one who is tempted, you must throw off the remnant of Pietism and of your own righteousness, and as St. Peter admonishes, set your hope entirely upon grace. . . . Your healing lies in the righteousness by grace alone.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
our mail from Galilee (the Johnsons)
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
my afternoon at the Wargo Nature Center
All misfortunes happen because people cannot stay in their room.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
take your time
St. Francis de Sales
O almighty God, as you have enriched your Church with the precious Gospel proclaimed by the evangelist Saint Mark, grant us firmly to believe your glad tidings of salvation and daily walk according to your Word; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Saturday, April 22, 2006
St. John Chrysostom
Friday, April 21, 2006
make an appointment with yourself
Wisdom from the Monastery, Peter Sewald, Editor
it's time to build a nest
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
a question to ponder
Go on into that spring
We have the power either of withstanding the spring, and sinking back into the cosmic winter, or of going on into those "high mid-summer pomps" in which our Leader, the Son of man, already dwells, and to which He is calling us. It remains with us to follow or not, to die in this winter, or to go on into that spring and that summer.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
HE IS RISEN!
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Maundy Thursday evening
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Do you ever have one of these days?
early morning visitor
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
prayer for help
Help me to pray, and to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways, but you know the way for me ...
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me so to live now that I may answer before you and before me,
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Palm Sunday at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul.
Some of you may recognize Jude at the bottom right of the picture.
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!
Saturday, April 08, 2006
go to church & live longer
Weekly attendance at religious services can add up to three years to your life, a new US medical study has found.
Dr. Daniel Hall, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the author of the study published in the March-April issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, compared the impact of regular exercise, statin therapy and religious attendance on life expectancy, and found that each accounted for an additional two to five years of life.
Hall found that regular physical exercise provides the greatest boost to longevity, adding 3.0 to 5.1 years. Use of statin medications accounted for 2.1 to 3.7 additional years, while regular religious attendance added 1.8 to 3.1 years.
might as well stay missing
Are you a closet heretic?
Rev. James Martin
So we do not lose heart, Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
That is comfort for the believer! Whether we interpret Paul to be speaking about our physical body or the tribulations faced by Christians, Lenski writes, "The inner person blossoms into new youth, beauty, and strength day by day. This inner renewal is not hindered but is only helped by the tribulation that assails the outer person."
Friday, April 07, 2006
more on the Gospel of Judas
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Love your neighbor
In her Book of the Rewards of Life, Hildegard writes: "My heart is overflowing with a desire to help everyone. I am considerate of every need. I want to help the frail and infirm and help them recover. I am like a balm for every sorrow and my words do good."
The Gospel of Judas
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
St. Teresa of Avila
Where is Charlie Brown when we need him?
Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
Was George Washington a Christian?
For a review of Washington's God by Michael and Jana Novak click here.