June 30, 2019

[Homily delivered on June 30, 2019] Readings: 1 Kgs 19:15–16, 19–21 Psalms 16 Gal 5:1, 13–25 Lk 9:51–62 One of my favorite things to witness is a seed sprouting. As a sometimes hobby, I have sprouted many seeds and acorns over the years, oaks and maples and even oranges. Sometimes I will save my apple and avocado seeds from the grocery store and sprout them in the window just to watch the miracle of life unfold. It is truly a… Read more

June 21, 2019

In the Corpus Christi we are celebrating the real presence of the sun in wheat; and in turn the real presence of the Son in bread.  Read more

June 17, 2019

Sunday, my friend and I hiked to the top of Grouse Mountain. It is a steep 3 KM hike with an 853 meter elevation gain. At the top is a small village of shops and ski lifts and rope courses (and two grizzly bears in behind a wire fence!). It was Father’s Day and also Trinity Sunday in our liturgical calendar. During our frequent rest stops we talked about the meaning of the Trinity. It is a notoriously tricky sermon… Read more

June 14, 2019

  Today my office is a rocky beach just below UBC. Today my desk chair is a water worn log. My walls are the eroding cliffs and the distant mountains. My floor is made up of a thousand cobbles that squabble with the rising tide. My workmates are a pair of harbour seals trawling the shoreline; smelt fishermen scattering their nets in the distance; an ancient arthropod flicking its antennae at me; a lone cormorant b-lining west just above the surface of the water; an… Read more

June 7, 2019

The weather was perfect. I took a gravel trail of the main rode. I found myself in a small cluster of Aspen trees, which always remind me of the mountains of Utah. The sound their leaves make in the wind is unmistakable, like a hurried digital hushing that waxes and wanes with the breeze. There were goslings, and ducklings mentored by doting parents. The swallows darted and swayed at the surface of the lake. There were bald eagles circling in… Read more

June 4, 2019

I am very grateful for the great flux between light and darkness here in Vancouver; between day and night, between winter and summer, between Good Friday and Easter.  Read more

May 28, 2019

This week, as I often do, I walked along my favorite trail in Pacific Spirit Park, near the University of British Columbia. There are no long views in the park. However, the shifting patterns of vertical trees lead the eye and the heart in many directions. The forest tends to close us in on ourselves. We look down. We look inward. Our minds wander. I think about work. I thumb a Rosary. I stop over a peculiar fungus. I worry… Read more

April 30, 2019

  The soft patter of cool drops, Christen forehead, neck and hands. The earthy incense of the desert’s thirsty breath As He opens his sandy mouth to drink.   Processions of Palo Verde and Mesquite still clad in their golden Easter vestments Shout Alleluia! from the valley’s hillsides And throw their spent petals into the Pentecostal winds.   Even the cacti are clad in their Sunday best. Like my own spiny succulent heart— Prickly and defensive most of the time… Read more

January 29, 2019

At the bottom of a steep flight Of stairs that lead into the ocean, Between a sandy cliff and the lapping tide, I caught a red eye among the logs and silent stones. Silent until the tide teaches them to speak.   I walked to the end of a small jetty and Looked back at the amphitheater of the eroding cliffs. The eye belonged to a small bird we call Grebe In drab plumage. He struggled out of the rising… Read more

January 3, 2019

Introduction What do Advent and the Dark Night of the Soul have in common? From the Latin Adventus, Advent refers to the arrival, the coming of the Incarnation as a child. During Advent, we also reflect on the coming of Christ at the end of time and in our hearts. Christians are an Advent people, but human beings are a now species. We want the light right away. Advent teaches us about the holiness of waiting. St. Augustine’s famous refrain… Read more

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