Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pentecost Sunday at Cross of Glory, Mounds View, MN

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Blue Cloud Abbey

Yes, I have returned from Blue Cloud Abbey . 
Yes, I'm behind in my other duties.
Yes, I will resume regular posts -- soon.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Blue Cloud Abbey

I know, it was only a month ago I took some time off for reflection and photography at Blue Cloud Abbey, near Marvin, SD.
Tomorrow I'm returning for another week or so. I will not be able to post to either of my blogs, but you may find some comments and photos on my Twitter site:
If you join Twitter, you will automatically receive my posts if you choose to "follow" me.
I will be posting again by Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

finding Jesus

Hoping to find Jesus in Church today? 
He won't be there unless you bring him with you when you come!
-- lightshedder 

spring sunset

Saturday, May 16, 2009

seeking God

Abba Arsenius said, "If we seek God, he will show himself to us, 
and if we keep him, he will remain close to us."

Friday, May 15, 2009

seeking God

It is not perfection that leads to God.
It's perseverance.
-- Sr. Joan Chittister O.S.B

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

imitate Christ

 Several weeks ago I was unsuccessful in trying to locate the 1990 film Jesus of Montreal. It was controversial when released -- I saw it for the first time only a couple of years ago. The film left a very strong impression on me. It is about a young actor who becomes "obsessed" with Jesus' teachings and attempts to repeat them by preaching and actions which are often misinterpreted as the ruminations of a deranged person. I was again reminded of the film as I read the following words of Thomas a Kempis, a 15th century priest, teacher, and author:

The Lord states: He who follows me does not walk in darkness (John 8:12). These, Christ's words, advise us that if we wish to be really enlightened and to be freed from spiritual blindness, we must imitate the life style of Christ. Our deepest desire should be to reflect on Christ's life.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley, MN

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 09, 2009


Abba Arsenius said:  
"Strive with all your might to bring your interior activity into accord with God, and you will overcome exterior passions."

Friday, May 08, 2009

good & evil

Place your hope in God alone. If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain that the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
-- Rule of St. Benedict

Thursday, May 07, 2009

spring sky

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

doing good

It happened that when Abba Arsenius was sitting in his cell that he was harassed by demons. His servants, on their return, stood outside his cell and heard him praying to God in these words, "O God, do not leave me. I have done nothing good in your sight, but according to your goodness, let me now make a beginning of good."

Sunday, May 03, 2009

a Blue Cloud monk admiring the sunrise

Saturday, May 02, 2009

sunrise reflected off Blue Cloud Abbey's bell tower

Friday, May 01, 2009

sunrise at Blue Cloud Abbey

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