Category Archives: Seasons

Signs of spring

Last week I saw a mourning dove building a nest in the crotch of a low tree. As I was walking to work yesterday, I saw she had finished it and begun to brood. Crocuses? Check. Daffodils? Check! The buds … Continue reading

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Bishop Alan’s thoughts on this feast day

Blind Rage Slays Children.  The bishop points out that killing off large numbers of children has been tyranny’s modus operandi for most of human history, and that contemporary Christians are not necessarily doing any better. Thanks to Tree_and_Leaf for introducing … Continue reading

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Holy innocents, unholy rage

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and … Continue reading

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In the bleak midwinter

It actually looks like winter hereabouts, for a change–a rare and heavy December snowfall from last weekend still covers much of the city, and temperatures have been just above freezing all week. Right now I’m engaging in the first of … Continue reading

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Not a stable, but a cave

… In the Orthodox tradition, as spelled out in a beautiful hymn sung on Christmas Day, the incarnation of Jesus is only possible because every aspect of creation offers something to make it happen. The heavens offer a star; the … Continue reading

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Poem for the Solstice

I spotted this at 108ZenBooks, remembered it from the lovely book Earth Prayers, and thought it was perfect for the day.  Nanao Sakaki, who died a year ago today, is the poet: Within a circle of one meter You sit, pray … Continue reading

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Listening to this lovely album as the snow falls still



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