For many years, one of my Sunday morning pleasures was to watch PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. The program was hosted by former NBC Correspondent, Bob Abernathy, and dealt with issues of religion and ethics in the world. Sadly, after many years, the show was cancelled.
Before the program ended, Mr. Abernathy, along with author William Bole, produced the book, “The Life of Meaning.” It is a collection of, what I would call essays, based of numerous interviews. It covers topics of faith, belief, and life. Many of the chapters have inspired me; and caused me think long and hard on the role of religion in my life, and the life of the world.
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.
Catholic Spirituality: A Treasury of Prayers and Practices by Colleen M. Griffith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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For the Catholic who wishes to update his/her knowledge of the Catholic Spiritual life, this is a very good primer. It talks about the traditional Catholic devotions and practices, but with a modern tone. Some of the devotions of my youth, that I abandoned as I have grown older; I now find myself wishing to engage in again. I hope others will have the same experience.