The Fever Chart

"Our only health is the disease / If we obey the dying nurse …"

Category: Lent

Our Mother of Sorrows

Morning. 6:00 am. You never really slept last night, and now the ache is settling in. At 47, you are already quite old, and your body is beginning to betray you. This rootless existence you’ve led since your husband died isn’t helping any. Without warning an image floats into your mind of a beautiful young [...]

A Busy Day

You awoke today just a few miles from the city, in the village of Bethany, near the home of your friends Mary and Martha, and their father Lazarus. You could have stayed with them, as you had so many times before, but you chose to spend last night in the relative discomfort of Simon’s little hovel on [...]

Holy Week is the School of Humility

In his classic, Humility of Heart, Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo wrote:  “In Paradise there are many saints who never gave alms on earth: their poverty justified them. There are many saints who never mortified their bodies by fasting, or wearing hair shirts: their bodily infirmities excused them. There are many saints too who were not [...]

Accidental Exegesis: To The Desert!

Over at Vox Nova, Matt Talbot recently posted a beautiful meditation titled “A Blessed Reminder.” In it he wrote, “The austere and naked land reminds me … of my own impermanence and ultimate vulnerability. Abundance too often leads to confused priorities and muddles my perceptions of what my life is, and what my life means.” [...]

40 Days, 40 Graces: Day Twenty-Eight

Grace Twenty-Eight: The Nicene Creed Although I grew up in a faithful Evangelical church and home, we were not “creedal” in any way, really. My father had been ordained an Independent Baptist but spent most of his time in the ministry pastoring a semi-independent Evangelical church with roots in the Quaker tradition. Quakers, of course, [...]