Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil … Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him. – Matthew 4
Lent is when we meet in the desert.
by Jon Dephouse
Today is known is Holy Saturday. I write this from my living room chair in the early morning hours. The sun is just coming up and the birds are teaming with life, as they do. Theologians in the Church have thought of this day as a cosmic Sabbath day.
by Christina Honchell
I started with Good Friday this year.
Seven weeks ago my mother had a heart attack, and in the four weeks between that night and the night she died, I was with her for three hospitalizations at four hospitals, a skilled nursing facility and finally in hospice at a wonderful memory care home where she died peacefully. The liturgical calendar gives us a good run up to Good Friday, a context for it, a frame for the grief and the sadness. It’s not quite so helpful when your Good Friday goes on for weeks.
“By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, we recognize in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness.”
Patrick was born into a Christian family somewhere on the northeast coast of Britain in about 390. When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by a band of Irish slave-raiders. He was carried off to Ireland and forced to serve as a shepherd. When he was about twenty-one, he escaped and returned to Britain, where he took holy orders both as a presbyter and bishop. A vision then called him to return to Ireland.
by Anne Peterson
Lent is an especially good time to practice a regular schedule of mindfulness—which I am clearly not doing. A person who is practicing mindfulness would never have locked her purse in the trunk of her car, along with the groceries she had just purchased at Trader Joe’s—which is what I did two days ago.
by Susan Russell
Ed Browning was the 24th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. In 1985 — in the midst of the worst of the AIDS crisis and on the cusp of what came to be known as “The Inclusion Wars” — he uttered the prophetic words “In this church there will be no outcasts.” And his words became both a rallying cry and a touchstone for those calling the Episcopal Church to live into its high calling as the Body of Christ in the world.
by Sally Howard
This week, Isaac Ruelas, the All Saints Coordinator of Multiculturalism came to our Healing and Health ministry to help us assess our multicultural fluidity. After we answered an anonymous written assessment, he guided us into a discussion about our experience of the assessment. Isaac said two things that felt particularly helpful to me in equipping us for this journey.