So, going back to an old blog type; If we were sharing a cup of coffee, I would tell how hard it has been to keep up with the blogging! I can give a bunch of excuses; my laptop went on the fritz; it took awhile to get my new IPad up and running. And I could finally admit that I really having a bad dry spell.
But over a cup of coffee, I would share that on this weekend, here on Cape Cod, I am feeling at least a little inspiration. The Franciscan in me has been more aware of the beauty of God’s creation that surrounds me.
O praise and bless my Lord, thank him and serve humbly and grandly,
Excerpts from The Canticle of the Creatures by Saint Francis of Assisi!
The coffee cup is empty, and time to get ready for the next. May the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!
“Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord, praise and exalt him forever….All you winds, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him forever…Seas and rivers, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever!” (Daniel 3: 57, 65, 78)
I went with my wife to spend Easter Sunday on Cape Code with her mother, some of her siblings and nieces and nephews. Now the Cape, especially the seashore, has been battered by several nor’easter’s. A walk along the beach shows how wind, and waves can effect change on the landscape.
Reflecting on this, I am thinking about how much change God can effect in our lives when we allow the breath of the Holy Spirit to blow into us!
Over a cup of coffee, I would share with you how upset I have been over the events in Charlottesville, VA. I had hope that we had outgrown the white supremacist movement; and the racism and hatred it generates. But, that appears not to be happening. We know we must confront it, but we need to realize we cannot use the same tactics. We, as a nation, are better than the racists in our midst.
Over a cup of coffee, I would share that earlier last week, my wife and I were still on Cape Cod, MA, with members of her family. While there, we paid a visit to Provincetown, located on the northern tip of the Cape. Let us say, it is one of most unique communities in the Commonwealth, maybe in the country. When you walk through the town streets, you are in the midst of a diverse crowds of people. It can be a very interesting time.
Over a cup of coffee, I would share that I have increased the number of books I have read. Trying to spend more time with a book in my hands, rather than an IPhone.
Yesterday, I attended a meeting of my Secular Franciscan fraternity. It has been awhile, but I needed to get back in touch with my Franciscan spiritual roots. The Secular Franciscan Order is a lay branch of the Franciscan Movement. It was good to see old friends again.
Well, the cups are in the dishwasher rack. I will see you again next week.
Here is a cup of coffee, fresh from the Keurig. This weekend my wife, Peg, and I are at her parent’s home on Cape Cod. The trip down was a little wet; but it dried up when we crossed the Cape Cod Canal over the Bourne Bridge. The weather today was cool and sunny.
August is the month my wife’s siblings and their families gather for a get together. It is a time to re-establish contacts with each other.
For me, it is also time for a bit of retreat; to catch up on my reading and to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Cape.
Over a cup of coffee, I would share that I am currently reading a book by Krista Tippett, host of the public radio program, “On Being,” entitled “Speaking of Faith;” which was the original name of the program. In the book, she shares how she came to rediscover the importance of spirituality in human life, and in her life especially. She shares some of the insights she has received through her interviews with people of all walks of life and faiths. I hope to share insights I have received in future postings.
Over a cup of coffee, I would share that I intend to read more books during the rest of this year. I have entered a reading challenge on my Goodreads site for 2017. I have aimed low, intending to read 8 books between now and the end of the year. Hopefully, I will have exceeded that goal when New Year’s Eve 2018 comes around.
Over a cup of coffee, I would share that I am still looking for a new deacon assignment. It feels different participating in the Mass as a member of the congregation, and not at the altar. And actually, that is not a bad thing. Hopefully, by the end of next month, there will be a change in the situation.
Well, the cup is empty and in the dishwasher rack. Until the next time; blessings and all good.
I have been on Cape Cod the past view days. We are visiting with my wife’s family (all 34 of them!). Having a wonderful, fun time! Heading home today, we will see if I recovered enough to post tonight! Pax et Bonum!