December 18, 2018

“Winter: A Dirge,” by Robert Burns

Winter: A Dirge By Robert Burns The wintry west extends his blast, And hail and rain does blaw; Or, the stormy north sends driving forth The blinding sleet and snaw: While tumbling brown, the burn comes down, And roars frae bank to brae; And bird and beast in covert rest, And pass the heartless day. […]

For Election Day 2018

Note from CM: It’s election day here in the U.S., as citizens go to the polls to vote in the midterms — the elections between our quadrennial presidential decision. Here is a simple reminder from over a century ago of the humble grandeur of this privilege we participate in as Americans. • • • If […]

Wendell Berry: “The best of human work…”

The best of human work defers always to the in-forming beauty of Nature’s work. But human work, true to the nature of places as it should be, is not natural and is not a mirror held up to nature. At best it is the gift of the Heavenly Muse to the farmer’s art or the […]

Christina Rossetti: Good Friday

Good Friday By Christina Rossetti Am I a stone and not a sheep That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy Cross, To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow loss, And yet not weep? Not so those women loved Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee; Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly; Not so the […]

Jan Richardson: Blessing the Seed

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12.24) • From a lectionary reading for Lent 5: John 12.20-33 • • • Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 25) By […]

The Fifth Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day Isaiah 49:5-15 Psalm 148 Matthew 12:46-50 ❄︎ Collect for the Day O God, who makest us glad by the yearly remembrance of the birth of thy only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall […]

The Third Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. John Exodus 33:18-23 Psalm 92 1 John 1:1-9 John 21:19b-24 Collect for the Day Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, […]

The Second Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. Stephen Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15 Psalm 31 Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60 Matthew 23:34-39 Collect for the Day We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands […]

A Thought at the End of Ordinary Time

• • • A Thought at the End of Ordinary Time from Wendell Berry I know I am getting old and I say so, but I don’t think of myself as an old man. I think of myself as a young man with unforeseen debilities. Time is neither young nor old, but simply new, always […]

Another Look: Perfect Love

…No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. …If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? …In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. • From Matt. […]