Wind: A Place of Resistance

Our daily news reports can be very discouraging at times.  Well, if we are really honest, we would likely admit that most of the time the true nature of things can cause us to despair. As we observe todays events from the sidelines, we each may decide to either bury our heads in the sand or become very bitter; we might lose…

Water: Flowing into the Impossible

What can we do to restore our faith in our God of wonders….our God who has the power to control the elements and orchestrate the impossible? Looking more to nature now as our summer gently slides into its final month, I have decided to turn my attention to day trips that occur within an easy drive of Frederick….

Christ is the Conduit of God’s Love

This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles. file source Listen to this interview of Dali by Mike Wallace I will not pretend to completely understand this work, but instead point out some of the things to view and then follow it with my own…

A New Jerusalem that Springs from Our Hearts

   Week #6 Apostles’ Creed: “on the third day he rose from the dead…” The remarkable thing about the Resurrection is that no one actually sees it. We hear in Matthew about  “a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and…rolled back the stone…” in Mark the angel speaks; “He has risen!” in Luke there are…

Young People Don’t Want the Easy Button

I have discovered a new approach recently and it is one that might surprise you. After 12 years of teaching music history, I decided one day to go into class and instead of my normal enthusiasm for the topic,  I told them that we were going to hear the story of Mozart today and frankly…it is…

The Angelus: Stopping to Pray the Incarnation

The Angelus Prayer is traditionally prayed 3 times a day. Workers would stop and pray whenever they heard the church bells ringing. 6 am, 12 noon and 6 pm. This prayer would include the following phrases: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary…. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit Be it done unto…

Dreamscape: A Pilgrimage for Sunday Refreshment

Heaven is Home by Elizabeth Snyder, 24×32 oil on canvas, art student at Louisiana Tech Scenes of paradise haunt our thoughts as we long for the arrival of spring. Our hearts are searching the landscape for even the slightest hint of green and our skin is thirsty for the warmth of the sun. Still we…

Agnus Dei: The Heart of the Matter

Seeing such places of great beauty give me pause. I stand amazed in the presence of such overwhelming opulence and I try to imagine the people who dedicated their worship of God in such a place. To gather each week around a table that is a vision of heaven on earth, I wonder..would this change…

Time and Our Holy Grail Thinking

As the New Year approaches and we consider where we have been and where we hope to be this time next year…. we all will reflect. As I was wondering what to share this week, I stumbled quite unexpectedly into the discovery of these beautiful tapestries, designed by Sir Edward Burn-Jones and executed by William Morris as…

In God’s Hands: The Witness of Pontius Pilate

Ecce Homo, Antonio Ciseri, 1891, Oil on Canvas,292 X 300 cm, Galleria dell’ Arte Moderna, Florence Italy, Image Courtesy WGA. This painting, by Antonia Ciseri, called “Ecce Homo”, or “Behold the Man” is one of many examples of this scene. Usually an “Ecce Homo” painting will be some sort of representation of Jesus as he is…