Three Generations of Technological Change

I took this picture this afternoon of Fran and Rhiannon showing off Rhiannon's (well, our, actually) new toy — an iPad — to my father. As we sat together and talked about, and explored, all that the iPad could do, my father began to talk about how when he was younger, television was such an innovative technology. "My next door neighbor had one, and kept telling me I should buy one, as it was the wave of the future," he mused. I asked him how old he was when he saw a TV for the first time. "I … [Read more...]

Dangerous Easter?

I once heard an Easter Sunday sermon at an Episcopal Church in which the priest detailed on what day Easter Sunday would fall every year for the forthcoming 25 years. Of course, this is easy to do: the current version of the Book of Common Prayer includes a table listing the date of Easter each year from 1900 to 2089! The point behind the sermon was that we have tamed Easter, made it safe and predictable, and so we rather mindlessly go through the motions of remembering the passion, death of … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own Sect or Church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aids to Reflection … [Read more...]

Live, Laugh, Love

I have been asked to lead a retreat at the Guesthouse of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in September. The person who originally was in charge of the retreat is unable to lead it, and so I have inherited it. It is called "Live, Laugh, Love" and it sounds like it will be tremendous fun. Here is the write-up for the retreat, as it appears on the Monastery's Website: Live, Laugh, Love September 13-16, 2010 The Live, Laugh, Love Retreat is a Celebration — celebrating our relationship with God. … [Read more...]

Foolish Mysteries

I think there is some serendipity in Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday, for those not of English extraction) falling on April Fool's Day. Actually, the Maronites and the Syriac Orthodox call the day before Good Friday the "Thursday of Mysteries" which is my favorite name yet for this pinnacle of the Eucharistic life. In his first letter to the church at Corinth, St. Paul proudly proclaimed that we are "fools for Christ's sake" (I Corinthians 4:10); earlier in that same epistle he notes that … [Read more...]


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