If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature, even a caterpiller, I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature. Meister Eckhart

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


“Do you imagine that the individual created things in the world are imperfect attempts at reproducing an ideal type which the Creator never quite succeeded in actualizing on earth? If that is so they do not give Him glory but proclaim that He is not a perfect Creator.”

Thomas Merton in The New Seeds of Contemplation

Friday, October 15, 2010


Just a thought. You start reading the church Fathers and Mothers and you’ll run into ascetic and fasting practices sooner rather than later, which leads to research on Wickipedia; among other places.

The Lenten fast was the most stringent. Bread, fruits and veggies mostly. But, the sick, the old, children under 14 and I would imagine pregnant and nursing mothers were exempt from the full rigors of the fast. It’s spring; food supplies may be beginning to run a little short. It sounds a little crass, but rules provided a religious foundation for the protection of the most vulnerable members of the community.