Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017
Jun08

Faith takes refuge in beauty – Pastoral Backstory – June 8th, 2017

June 8th, 2017 We begin with a follow-up from a recent Backstory. Do you remember the poignant poem we posted recently by Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia–the ode to his young son who died and which Gioia entitled “Prayer”? It so happens the poem has been set to music, and by none other than Martin Lauridsen, the composer of another┬ápiece we have a tradition of posting each Advent, (O Magnum Mysterium). The...

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No idea, but no fear – Pastoral Backstory – June 1st, 2017
Jun01

No idea, but no fear – Pastoral Backstory – June 1st, 2017

June 1st, 2017 There’s a famous prayer of Thomas Merton that goes like this (HT: The Work of the People): MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I...

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