Cow Patty Bingo

(warning: graphic language alert) Context: Global COVID-19 Pandemic. Several states in the US are under a “shelter-in-place” mandate to mitigate the spread of the virus. We are currently on day 9 with expectations that we will be under this mandate an additional 2-wks. I’m currently reading from Christian Teachings on the Practice of Prayer for…

Controlling Pandemonium

4th Sunday of Lent: A Personal Reflection on Psalm 23 One of the texts for this Sunday (Revised Common Lectionary) is Psalm 23. As I read through this text slowly, listening for what God, the Holy Spirit, would bring to my attention, the words, “I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1) stick with me. I pause…

Terraforming and Transforming

Terraforming and Transforming “Whoever says, ‘I abide in him,’ ought to walk just as he walked.” (1 John 2:6 NSRV) In a previous post, I shared some details regarding my Christian journey over the past (2019) year. I wrote that part of my discipline was the practice of being fully present with others, as well…

Meno (abide)

11Jan2020 “O Lord, deliver me from all ignorance and heedlessness, from pettiness of the soul and hardness of heart.” Today, I lean in; Today, I begin again. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can…

Clarity, Focus, & Purpose

03Jan2020 I have come to the completion (more or less) of my annual year-end reflection, a lengthy examen in the Ignatian style of meditation and prayer. I believe I have a fairly good understanding of what the Lord has accomplished in me the past year in my spiritual growth and my self-awareness. I have had…