Obedient Gratitude — Grateful Obedience: A reflection on Psalm 81

Miriam's Dance (from Miniatur aus dem bulgarischen Tomić Psalter), 1360, Tarnovo art school

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 81 is one of mine: “Take up a melody, and sound the timbrel… For it is a statute in Israel.” Read my reflection on obedient gratitude / grateful obedience. [Read more...]

Amazing Grace Played on Theramins Encased in Russian Dolls [VIDEO]


Is this version of Amazing Grace played on theramins encased in russian dolls a loving rendition or a postmodern farce? I’m not sure, but it is beautiful in its way. What do you think? [Read more...]

Holy Means Whole: A reflection on Psalm 99

© 2013 Phil Fox Rose -- Cold Spring, NY

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 99 is one of mine: “Holy is the Lord, our God.” Read my reflection on reconnecting with God’s undivided power and love whenever you feel overwhelmed. [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “Who am I to judge” gay people? “Women in the Church are more important than bishops.”


Last week, Archbishop Chaput said “right wing” Catholics weren’t happy Pope Francis hadn’t talked about the hot-button issues yet. I think now they probably wish he’d kept quiet. Is it a 180? No, but a reversal of not just tone but also emphasis, away from attacking those in disagreement over dogma and towards holding up universal Christian values, will restore a culture in which conversation can occur, in which people of faith can discuss what’s essential and what is not. In the long run, this may lead to substantial change. [Read more...]

Fr. Helmut Schüller’s “Catholic Tipping Point” Tour Calls for Disobedience

Photo: &copy 2013 Phil Fox Rose

On a 15-city “Catholic Tipping Point” American tour Fr. Helmut Schüller is outlining reforms he believes can restore vitality to the Roman Catholic Church, including married and women priests, welcoming remarried Catholics and gay members in committed relationships into full communion, and decentralizing power and giving greater leadership opportunities to lay members.  [Read more...]

Will Pope Francis be a reforming pope?


In light of Pope Francis’ similarity in demeanor to Pope John XXIII, his admiration for the gentle, plainspoken pastoral leader, and his quick sainting of the Vatican II architect, you can’t help wondering, as the new book Francis: Man of Prayer asks: will Pope Francis be a reforming pope? Will he, like John XXIII, instigate changes that will alter the course of the global church profoundly and extend beyond his own papacy? [Read more...]

5 Ways to Get Outdoors More This Summer

© 2013 Phil Fox RoseView from a hike just an hour's train ride from New York City. Panorama photo from Breakneck Ridge outside Cold Spring, NY.

You can add serenity to your life and connect more closely with God’s creation by getting little doses of nature whenever you can; and then, once in a while, really break away for a restorative vacation. Here are 5 ways of getting back to nature. [Read more...]

Pentecost and Boldness in the Holy Spirit

Pentecost, El Greco, 1596 (click image to see larger version)

Acts promises that with the Holy Spirit in us, we will be able to boldly live out the Good News — whether this takes the form of speaking confidently, or of taking the leap to follow our calling. I used to be terrified of public speaking. But when I started working with the subjects of faith and recovery — subjects connected to my calling — the fear was just gone. Gone. [Read more...]

Exploring spiritual life and motherhood with Ginny Moyer’s great new book, Random MOMents of Grace


Being a new parent may be the greatest challenge to spiritual groundedness. In her new book, “Random MOMents of Grace,” Ginny Kubitz Moyer takes us through early motherhood from a spiritual perspective — the struggles she had to maintain a spiritual life, and the spiritual lessons she learned from parenting itself. It’s an obvious gift for mothers, and a valuable and delightful read for any thoughtful traveller, male or female, parent or not, on the spiritual journey. [Read more...]

The Work of His Hands: A reflection on Psalm 19:2

© 2013 Phil Fox Rose -- Deadly nightshade, Central Park, NYC

Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith on Psalm 19 is one of mine: “the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” Read my reflection on encountering God in nature. This coming spring weekend, you can be certain I’ll be outdoors encountering God’s handiwork. [Read more...]

Idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men


Today’s daily meditation in Living Faith is one of mine. The reading is: Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. – Psalm 115:3-4 Here’s a bit of my reflection: Any time we put some material desire ahead of God’s will, we are [Read More...]

Life with food — the moving spiritual memoir Recipe for Joy

Robin Davis-Recipe for Joy

A review of Robin Davis’ spiritual memoir, Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom’s Story of Finding Faith, Following Love, and Feeding a Family, reflections on the role of food in community and a free book giveaway! [Read more...]

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Easter, waking up and the “Harrowing of Hades”


Each year Easter reminds me that renewal is for all of us all of the time. One of my treasured possessions is an icon given to me by my spiritual director before my own baptism which depicts what is commonly called the “Harrowing of Hades,” where Jesus, between his death and resurrection, visits Hades, wakes Adam and Eve (symbolizing all of us) from their sleep and pulls them away from the control of death. We can wake up, be revived, and reconnect to divine love — at our baptism, with all the Church at Easter, or at any time. Have a blessed Easter. [Read more...]

The not-so-Christian roots of hot cross buns — with a recipe

My homemade batch of hot cross buns (with too-runny icing -- see recipe below)© 2012 Phil Fox Rose

Food traditions establish sense memories, which are the strongest kind. Marking annual events with specific foods is powerfully grounding. With Holy Week comes one of my favorites: hot cross buns. Read a little about the buns’ pre-Christian roots, and use my recipe to make your own this year! [Read more...]