Wisdom Story – 209

by Paul on August 1, 2014

Waves BreakingA salt doll journeyed for thousands of miles over land, until it finally came to the sea.

It was fascinated by this strange moving mass, quite unlike anything it had ever seen before.

“Who are you?” said the salt doll to the sea.

The sea smilingly replied, “Come in and see.”

So the doll waded in.

The farther it walked into the sea the more it dissolved, until there was only very little of it left. Before that last bit dissolved, the doll exclaimed in wonder, “Now I know what I am!”



Bonus – Finding Iggy Cookies

by Paul on July 31, 2014

Iggy cookiesSome of you may be aware of our Find Your Inner Iggy social media contest.

When we arrived at work this morning, each of us had one of these “Inner Iggy” cookies at our desks.

We then shared a catered breakfast and we are now all suffering from carbohydrate overload and are dosing the morning away…

Happy Feast Day!


Feast of St. Ignatius 2014

by Paul on July 31, 2014

lopezIn the Preface to her book on Ignatius, Just Call Me Lopez, Margaret Silf calls him, “one of God’s pieces of broken glass.”  As context, she cites the following:

I walked along the beach one morning and noticed something glinting in the sand. When I stooped to pick it up, I had in my hand just a piece of broken glass. I could easily have hurt myself on it, but instead I held it between my fingers and watched as the sun’s rays fell upon it. A miracle happened. The invisible light of the sun suddenly became visible in a whole spectrum of color as the light was refracted—bent!—through the broken glass, to create a rainbow.

Miracles so often happen in the midst of brokenness, inadequacy, and failure. In fact, those experiences would seem to be God’s preferred location for the work of transformation.

Today, on the Feast of St. Ignatius, I give special thanks that I, too, have encountered this piece of God’s broken glass.


Seeing More – 3

by Paul on July 30, 2014

From Nikolaas Sintobin’s Seeing More website, here is a short video — shot in 2011 — of a 109 year-old concentration camp survivor.  Her radiance is astonishing.



by Paul on July 29, 2014

PhilipSeymourHoffmanSept2010Last weekend I watched “A Late Quartet.” [If you have access to Netflix or can find it on some other streaming service, run now and watch it.]

About a classical quartet undergoing disruptive change wile preparing to perform Beethoven’s Opus 131, it is one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final films before he died of a heroin overdose.

His skills as an actor were immense, but the choices he made with regard to drugs means that he is now lost to his family and to all of us who appreciated his work.

I have found myself thinking about my own choices and whether or not I am making the best and healthiest decisions in my own life.


[Image by Justin Hoch; licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.]


For the last month, our Islamic sisters and brothers have experienced Ramadan, the month-long period of fast and abstinence. Tonight at sundown begins the Feast of Eid al Fitr or the Feast of Breaking the Fast. To mark this occasion, I have chosen some beautiful and reflective Sufi music.


Wisdom Story – 208

by Paul on July 25, 2014

CFVol1-49917ThOne day a young, newly ordained priest, was having a conversation with a member of his congregation when the parishioner said, “You priests and preachers talk a lot about  ‘do unto others,’  but when you get right down to it, it comes down to basin theology.”

The young priest, now very curious, asked, “Basin theology?  What’s that?”

The insightful parishioner said, “Remember what Pilate did when he had the chance to acquit Jesus?  He called for a basin and washed his hands of the whole thing.  But Jesus, the night before his death, called for a basin and proceeded to wash the feet of the disciples.  It all comes down to basin theology.”



Master Hands

by Paul on July 24, 2014

My colleague, Tom, suggested this video about Korean ceramics.  I found it meditative and deeply moving.  I hope you do, too.


Seeing More – 2

by Paul on July 23, 2014

Today I’d like to share with you a short Pixar animation, For the Birds, that Nikolaas lists under the the heading of “Pride.”


A Litany of Thanksgiving

by Paul on July 22, 2014

A Basket of FlowersThis is from the 1979 edition of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea. We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends, We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play, We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places, We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord; To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.