To sit by an open window of a quiet Autumn night…

To sit by an open window of a dark and quiet autumn night and hear in the sounds of distant traffic, the ebb and flow of the ocean (or the rushing water of a stream) is to displace oneself from all that is absolute, solid, identifiable and known, and to seek out the larger space that exists half in-reality and half in-perception. Half in heaven and half on earth.Tonight I sit by a window in a local schoolroom in a landlocked town, and I can hear the sound of the, the … [Read more...]

You gad about shining like the sun…

"I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now that I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun." -- Thomas MertonI often think about Thomas Merton and his Fourth and Walnut Epiphany - a moment when he gazed upon his fellow … [Read more...]

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – 2006

hubbell core of galaxy

Core of Galaxy as seen by HubbelI was going to write about today's excellent feastday when I realized that, I kinda did write about it yesterday, when, in discussing CBS' Dick Meyer's most recent, thought-provoking column, I wrote this:We are the “nothing” of stardust - a compilation of vapors and base minerals. Within us resides all of Creation, and the Creator as well. But deep, so very deep, within.A sculptor will tell you that he cannot add anything to a stone that is not alr … [Read more...]