The Desert Fathers and Mothers have been a continuous wealth of spiritual knowledge and insight, their teachings passed down in various volumes and compendiums. One lesson has been particularly popularized. As the story goes; a monastic brother went to Abba Moses and asked for a word of advice regarding the cultivation of a robust spiritual … Continue reading Away and Towards: Cultivating Solitude in a time of Isolation
This article first appeared as an article for The Anglican Church of Canada at https://medium.com/ministrymatters/discovering-lament-why-crying-out-to-god-may-be-good-for-our-souls-23cf60ccfe3a. While out for a walk with my family the other day, we came across another family, also out for a stroll. Mom and Dad were following their two small daughters, each on bright pink bikes with streamers. As we approached … Continue reading Lamentations: Recovering a forgotten discipline.
We know David to be hero of the Old Testament. He is the man noted to be “after God’s own heart” (1st Samuel 13:14); he slew Goliath when everyone else was too scared to enter the battle field (1st Samuel 17); he grew to be a mighty warrior, a successful king, a consummate leader. To … Continue reading Hubris and Humility, When I get too big for my britches.
Scripture speaks into our lives. The words we read, in Old Testament and in New, penetrate our hearts and our souls, addressing the dynamics of our own lives. As we place ourselves before scripture, allowing the Word to address us, we find that the words of scripture open up new perspectives in our life of … Continue reading Getting our feet wet
Recently, Facebook reminded me that we have been doing the practice of Lectio Divina at the church for over one year. Since that time, many have asked me to come and help them explore Lectio Divina further. As one clergy-friend remarked; “Lectio Divina is your thing!” I’m not complaining, I love this discipline, and I … Continue reading 3 hints when practising Lectio Divina
We live in a world of constant noise and distraction. There is always something to tear us away from what we focus on in any given moment. Images flash before us, ever changing what we are thinking about or reflecting on. Music provides an endless soundtrack to life; we find it in malls, in banks, … Continue reading Choosing Simple