The Election is Over and Christ is the King

Today is the last feast day of the Christian year--the Solemnity of Christ the King.  It is a fairly recent feast day, instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI who was worried about the increasing nationalism he saw creeping across the world.  Instead of baptizing this flag waving, Pope Pius created a feast to remind us that Christ is King and his kingdom is our first allegiance. Coming out of an election season where so many treated their candidate as some savior, it is fitting that we pause … [Read more...]

Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Augustine.  It has been said that Augustine's works are so numerous that anyone who says they've read them all is a liar, but two of Augustine's works are his most famous: The Confessions  and The City of God. In honor of Augustine's feast day we have two options for exercises. 1) Following Augustine's example in The Confessions renarrate your last month as a prayer to God.  Tell God all that happened, high and low, and ask God to shed divine … [Read more...]

Be with the body

Com (with) + muni (body)-- being with the body, that is what we do as we gather together to partake in the Eucharist.  Today be with the body, the body of Christ as remembered in the bread and wine, and with the body of Christ now made manifest in the church.  Be as centered on being with fellow Christians, as Christ's body, as you are with the bread and wine of communion. … [Read more...]

Pray the Rosary

The Rosary has been a critical part of Roman Catholic devotional life since Medieval times, but most outside of the Roman Catholic church haven't taken up the Rosary as a regular practice.  This is a mistake because the Rosary not only offers a profound form of prayer that engages the mind, soul and body at once, but it also provides a regular means through which to meditate on the life of Christ within the full context of his earthly and heavenly parentage. Today we celebrate the feast of … [Read more...]

Feast of Jonathan Myrick Daniels

Jonathan Myrick Daniels is a martyr of the Episcopal Church.  As a seminarian he worked for civil rights in Alabama, actions that led to his arrest and eventually his murder.  Like most martyrs Daniels never sought to die.  He just showed up to defend the image of God in his black brothers and sisters against a racist public that would not accept it. Where do you need to show up?  Where is the image of God being dishonored in your place?  Go there in honor of all the people who have gone … [Read more...]

Party Like It’s Sunday

Sunday for Christians is always a feast, just as Friday is traditionally always a fast--each week, through our eating, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ.  On Friday we ate nothing, as we realized the emptiness of a world without Jesus, but now on Sunday we celebrate as though it is a wedding feast and the happy couple have arrived.  So eat something sweet, drink a little, eat for happiness as much as health.  We Christians are not known enough for our parties and that is a … [Read more...]

Feast!

Today is the Feast of the Ascension, so truly feast!  Celebration and feasting are as much spiritual disciplines as fasting.  Invite others to join you in the joy of Christ's ascension to kingship at the right hand of God. "When you fast, fast with rigor—bare-knuckled, as if you meant it. Ah! and when you feast, eat such foods, drink such wines, sing such songs, relish such companions so as to make the angels envious!” --Robert Farrar Capon … [Read more...]

Induldge

Eat something you would normally allow only in moderation--sweets, candy, donuts. Remember that today is not a fast day during the season of Easter. This is a time to celebrate the resurrection. We should fast when fasts are called for, but equally we should feast when the time comes. … [Read more...]


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