I saw Man of Steel last weekend and as I was driving away, listening to a song on the radio (and I truly don’t even remember which one) I had this thought… And I’m warning you ahead of time, it’s not a revolutionary insight. It’s kind of obvious, actually. But when it struck me I was amazed, nonetheless. So, forgive me for stating the obvious and finding it interesting… We tell these stories about godlike superheroes. Superman who is so strong he’s crashing through walls without getting a scratch on him. Who doesn’t flinch under a barrage of bullets. Who’s strong enough to hold up a falling oil rig and […]
I always loved Patrick’s Rune in Madeleine L’Engle’s Swiftly Tilting Planet. I loved the cadence of it and the words that called upon elements and things outside ourselves and our control. It’s somehow both humbling and comforting. So, today I give you St. Patrick’s Breast-Plate I bind to myself todayThe strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:I believe the Trinity in the UnityThe Creator of the Universe. I bind to myself todayThe virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day. I bind to myself todayThe virtue […]
There is a need in our lives for atonement. There is a need for blood. I think there’s something interesting about our faith that it recognizes a need for blood and connects that need for blood with a sense of atonement. We have within us a basic sense of our desperate condition. As Malcolm Muggeridge regularly insisted, the depravity of humankind is at once the most unpopular of the Christian doctrines and yet the most empirically verifiable. We are aware—or reminded often—that we are not quite what we should be, what we could be, what we were intended to be. Something went wrong, something we yearn to see made right, […]
Lord, Thank you for all the amazing ways we’ve grown this past year. For the ways You’ve changed us, drawn us nearer to You, opened our eyes and given us strength. I pray that as we go into this time of Lent we would empty ourselves before You. Speak to our hearts and reveal the places within us You would have empty; whatever we fear the most. want the most. that which has been consistently in our prayers. May we bring it before Your throne and empty ourselves of it. May we sit in this emptiness, even when it’s uncomfortable. In the darkness let us be still knowing we are […]
I appreciate when Good Friday is overcast. It seems appropriate. I know, this isn’t the actual day that Jesus died. But I suspect the Earth knows the right day; that it bears a scar the way you can see a storm in the rings of a tree, even if humanity has lost track. So today, when we collectively choose to remember, awakens the memory of that day. The skies turn gray and dreary, casting a pall over a quiet world. Because it knows better than we do what it is to be without Him.
Paul prayed once, “…[that they] might become such as I am, except for these chains.” He was speaking literally since he was imprisoned at the time. I pray it often, and it reminds me of my chains. We all have them; chains around our arms and our legs and our hearts. They’re all different and I won’t tell you what mine are. Some chains are long and we can move around and no one would know we’re bound and sometimes even we forget. Some people’s chains are so short they can hardly move, let alone breath. And they get so frustrated and tired struggling against them that they become angry […]
I’ve always loved John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” My heart has known that it’s a powerful verse, and this morning I realized it’s in the same way my heart found one of my favorite lines in Lord of the Rings (the book – because the line isn’t in the movie, although a hollow version of the scene is in the extended Return of the King) Jesus doesn’t bother with our tribulations. He goes beyond that and overcomes the whole of the world that encompasses, houses, […]