Kyrie in the Desert

Father, What have I done with the food you gave me? The bread of life grows mould where I left it. The leaven of self sickens and spoils. Puffed up by bread alone, no Word, I am fat and famished. In the desert of abundance, Lord have mercy. Brother, All the kingdoms of the worldContinue reading “Kyrie in the Desert”

L is for learning, L is for Lent

This year I do not so much give up my temptations as face the temptation to give up. Perhaps it was so for the forty desert days when stone may have seemed a fair alternative to bread. Yet stones, when given the chance, can become a chorus of praise. So this year I teach stone:Continue reading “L is for learning, L is for Lent”

Catechism 22

Why must the Redeemer be truly human? That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses. (New City Catechism) Mystery, this: the perfect life lived, Law satisfied,    and yet my death visited onContinue reading “Catechism 22”

Lent 3: Friday After Ash Wednesday

Grain’s sown in soil to make us bread;      Man shall not live by bread alone. The kingdoms of the earth are dust;      The Son of Heaven left His throne.   Our bones are brittle and will break;      All of your bones will stay in place. The earth has cliffs to claim ourContinue reading “Lent 3: Friday After Ash Wednesday”