Why We Need Boredom

Photo taken from a fireside evening I had at Delanco Camp. It is not a stretch to say that we are bad at being bored. We hate it. We run from it. We assume something must be done when we have it. We blame others for being it. We fail to recognize the gift and [...]

The Metamorphing Jesus

An Icon of the Transfiguration In the Greek New Testament, we have accounts of the Transfiguration. It is an incredible event, and one that has been intriguing to people since it happened. HOWEVER, the Greek word that is used in those accounts, which we translate as "transfigure" is μεταμορφοω! Transliterated into the English alphabet that [...]

Trust the Process, Little Butterfly

"Gregoreite" is Greek for "be awake, be watchful, be vigilant, be aware." The butterfly has, across the centuries, one of the most enduring symbols of transformation. There are a number of stages that happen, but for the sake of brevity, let us limit them to: the caterpillar, the cocoon, the butterfly. What goes into the [...]

What is Prayer?

Photo Taken During a Prayer Vigil in Washington, DC. Prayer is at the same time both an easy thing to explain as well as a difficult thing to explain. In some sense, it is so difficult because it is so very easy. What we have in the Bible there is a whole book devoted just [...]

Three Times the Charm

A Painting of St. Augustine by Philippe de Champaigne “Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you!  Behold, you were within and I was without; and there I sought you, plunging unformed as I was into the fair things that you have formed and made.  You were [...]

Struggle as Sacrament

The Appalachian Trail in Maine. "Since once again, Lord - though this time not in the forests of the Aisle but in the steppes of Asia - I have neither bread, nor wine, nor altar, I will raise myself beyond these symbols, up to the pure majesty of the real itself; I, your priest, will [...]

Books Read in 2019

Don't know where I got this photo from, but it makes me chuckle. Each year, I keep a tally of the books I read. It started years ago with my brother, Steve, when we both tried to read a book a week. Since then, I tend to get close to about a book a week, [...]

Books Read in 2018

(Yes, I realize I published this a year late.) For a number of years now, I have challenged myself to try and read 52 books a year.  This year, I did not meet that goal.  And, I think that in 2019, I may intentionally scale back to focus on a different reading pattern, or set [...]