New Jerusalem Bible 2006

gratefulbear asked me the other day if I'd be interested in reading the Bible next year, ideally with shared reflection/discussion (among the topics that have already come up: what's the most "Republican" book in the Hebrew Scriptures? The answer may surprise you). This is actually something I've wanted to do ever since I felt called back into Christian practice: in the words of Bishop Spong, do my little bit to "rescue the Bible from fundamentalism." It is such an amazing book, filled with … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day

"Lot went to Joseph and said, 'Abba, as far as I can, I keep a moderate rule, with a little fasting, and prayer, and meditation, and quiet: and as far as I can I try to cleanse my heart of evil thoughts. What else should I do?' Then the hermit stood up and spread out his hands to heaven, and his finger shone like ten flames of fire, and he said, 'If you will, you can become all flame.'"—from The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

"The silence in your head Is louder than a hurricane The silence in your head Will never let you go"— Malcolm Burn and Kyle Hollingsworth, "Silence in Your Head," from One Step Closer by String Cheese Incident … [Read more...]

Centering Prayer

Today gratefulbear and I are going to hear Thomas Keating speak in Atlanta. Keating is one of the major spokespersons for Centering Prayer, a method of Christian meditation (contemplation) developed by Trappist monks like Keating in the 1970s, based on the work of Thomas Merton and in response to the popularity of eastern meditation among young people at the time. Unlike many other forms of meditation, Centering Prayer maintains a strong relational and devotional element (it's not just a … [Read more...]

Teresa of Avila

Today is the feast day of Saint Teresa of Avila, who lived from 1515 to 1582. Teresa is well known for a number of reasons; she is one of only thirty-three Doctors of the Church, saints whose writings have been honored by Catholicism as timeless, exemplary teachings of the faith. Indeed, of the 33 doctors, only three are women (!), and Teresa was the first woman to have received this honor (other doctors of the church include St. Thomas Aquinas; gratefulbear's "favorite" theologian, St. … [Read more...]

Where to go in Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia is a wonderful little town, and my brother donniemac_33050 and sister-in-law have lived here since early 2002. What's nice about a community this size is that it's easy to make friends with business owners and shop proprietors, and there are several establishments where Don and Julie are regulars. Since I've been up here five times since my mom had her stroke in June, I'm beginning to get to know some of these folks, too. So when you come to visit Williamsburg, be sure to … [Read more...]

Keeping America Safe from Polygamists…

I got to Virginia uneventfully yesterday. It's wonderful how fast planes can go without getting pulled over for speeding. Perhaps I should be a pilot.My brother (donniemac_33050) and sister-in-law met me at the airport and from there we went straight to my mom's apartment in the retirement community. Sigh. We walked in to find her sitting and watching television, groggy from her many medications (including anti-depressants and anti-psychotics), clearly depressed, with only the slightest … [Read more...]