Monday, March 31, 2008


. . . He has given us His very great and precious promises.
So that through them you may participate in the divine nature.
-- 2 Peter 1:4

Saturday, March 29, 2008

eternal things

So we do not lose heart.
Even though our outer nature is wasting away,
our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us
for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,
because we look not at what can be see
but at what cannot be seen;
for what can be seen is temporary,
but what cannot be seen is eternal.
-- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Friday, March 28, 2008

Thomas Merton

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan's blog, I was led to a number of posts on YouTube by which you can listen to Thomas Merton reading Scripture and commenting upon it. You can start with this one and then follow the other links that will appear on the page.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


When you choose your teacher,
look carefully at how they live
as well as how much they know.

Monday, March 24, 2008


The thought "I just am" leads to God.
The thought "What am I really doing?"
makes us aware of our utter insignificance.
-- Juris Rubenis Finding God in a Tangled World

Sunday, March 23, 2008


yesterday and today,
the Beginning and the End,
Alpha and Omega;
His are all times and all ages;
to Him be glory and dominion,
through all the ages of eternity.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Juris Krafts (1944-2000)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Holy Week prayer

My Lord and my God: Thou seest how much of hypocrisy and falsehood dwells within me, in my worldliness as well as in my piety. Thou seest how I spurn thy love by spurning those to whom thou dost send me, and how I thereby deliver thee anew to death and the cross.
Lord, forgive me! Lord, convert me! Lord, prepare me for a true Easter!

Monday, March 17, 2008

A Celtic Prayer for Peace for the Feast of St. Patrick

Peace between neighbors
Peace between kindred
Peace between lovers,
In the love of the King of life.

Peace between person and person,
Peace between wife and husband,
Peace between women and children,
The peace of Christ above all peace.

Bless, O Christ, my face,
Let my face bless everything;
Bless, O Christ, mine eye,
Let mine eye bless all it sees.

-- God Under My Roof: Celtic Songs and Blessings

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Palm Sunday

St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN

Saturday, March 15, 2008


You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way,
but it is making it in darkness.
Don't expect faith to clear things up for you.
It is trust, not certainty.
-- Flannery O'Connor

Friday, March 14, 2008

the mind

A mind left unmanaged is a source of ruin.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


People dislike prophets because prophets are not sent to those who are behaving well.
* * *
A prophet is always lonely with God.

-- Juris Rubenis, Finding God in a Tangled World

Sunday, March 09, 2008


Father, without you we can do nothing.
By your Spirit help us to know what is right
and to be eager in doing your will.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

a moment of quiet

I'll be going out of town for a few days, but hope to resume posting next Monday. For details, if you're interested, check my other blog.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

growing old

As we get older
it is important that we adapt ourselves to trust the young.

Saturday, March 01, 2008


The knowledge of God begins and ends with idols.
In between there is the Bible.
* * *
Idolatry is the illusion that you can understand God.
-- Juris Rubenis Finding God in a Tangled World

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