God’s Grandeur

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Spirit

April 25, 2010 18:13

Through my silent retreats and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, I was introduced to the writings of a Jesuit poet named Gerard Manley Hopkins. Fr.Hopkins (1844-1889) was born into an Anglican family, but later converted to Catholicism and later entered the Society of Jesus.As I was out walking today, I realized that the heavy scent of all the neighborhood lilac bushes has started to...


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Where the wind has blown

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 24, 2010 21:42

Today has been a day of recollection. As I enter my last week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, I'm to review my journal and look for ideas/concepts/situations that remind me of how God has been moving in my life over the last 30+ weeks.I hardly got through my first entry written on September 23rd, 2009, when I acknowledged just how present God has been to me throughout this time. As...


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Tomato Time

Tags: Gardening

April 23, 2010 20:54

First thing tomorrow morning, I'm heading up to a big nursery in Maryland called Valley View Farms. They carry over thirty varieties of tomatoes, along with an unbelievable amount of veggie plants and seeds.I was telling my friend Brian about my annual pilgrimage, and he asked to join me. He already has some tomatoes planted. Maybe he's planning a little friendly competition?At least four...


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Earth Day

Tags: Gardening, Ignatian-spirituality, Spirit

April 22, 2010 22:20

I wish we could have sat together today under the pergola. The warm air was heavy with the scent of lilacs. We have Hans and Mary to thank for this one, planted years ago and still going strong. I've added my own to the mix, a white one on the side of the house. Will the people who come after me know my name, or why I planted a white one?Yesterday, a dvd from Netflix arrived in the mail. It was...


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Time With Friends

Tags: Ignatian-spirituality, Mind, Spirit

April 21, 2010 14:49

Yesterday, some elderly friends of mine returned to Maryland after spending the winter in Florida. This year, it was cold down there for much of the time, and they were excited to come north.I've known this couple for nearly twenty years, and they are faithful friends. I have watched them grow old, and now they are beginning to struggle with their health. Their friends are dying off, several...


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Catching Up

Tags: Uncategorized

April 20, 2010 06:01

I took a little time off from work yesterday in an attempt to catch up on some personal things. The grass growing season is in full swing. Having been cut just four days before, it was already time for the next trim. The first round of edging was needed, along with some general clean-up. As I was racing through the yard, I stopped to see how beautiful this little Bleeding Heart's (Dicentra)...


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Mission Accomplished

Tags: Main-course, Vegetarian

April 18, 2010 06:23

This photo was taken last night at my house. It's a big bowl of Pasta Primavera, enough to feed about 10 people. My five guests and I did a good job, but there was quite a bit left. Leftovers for the next couple of days!For those that didn't read my earlier posts, this dinner was the first of many "sacred feasts" I hope to host once a month going forward. The idea came to me in prayer, and my...


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Running in the rain

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April 16, 2010 21:12

There was lots of things to do this week, and I got most of them done. Making it to the gym every other day didn't happen, though. I'm trying to be consistent, but sometimes life gets in the way, but I guess you know that.To make up for it, I thought I'd squeeze in a good run this afternoon. There were some clouds on the horizon, but it didn't look too bad. I made it through about three...


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Psalm 46

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April 15, 2010 10:09

Over the last week, I've been talking to a lot of people about Psalm 46, and it seems as though the comforting words found within it are bringingencouragementto many folks. Here's the NAB translation:

God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.
The LORD of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. SelahThus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains...


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