Saint Patrick's Church Schola

Lenten 2006 Class -- Classical Spiritual Disciplines

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Here is a fascinating quotation from The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community and Small Groupsby Joe Myers. Myers is a christian thinker who directs an organization called The Langauge of Belonging.

I wish for a front porch. I am not alone. In our time people have a hunger for a significant "median space." This may arise from the recent history of minimizing the importance of these relationships. Median spaces are the spaces that include our social and personal connections. Median spaces are where people experience "front porch." Front porches are significant to our experience of community and belonging.

The American front porch further represented the ideal of community in America. For the front porch existed as a zone between the public and private, an area that could be shared
between the sanctity of the home and the community outside. It was an area where interaction with the community could take place.

any reflections?


Wednesday, February 18, 2004

This coming Sunday is the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. Many churches commemerate the Transfiguration of Christ on this Sunday. We will be looking at the story as recorded in Luke 9.

The next phase in our calendar is Lent. This begins Wednesday February 25. Lent is 40 days of penitence patterned after the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. Lent is a time to renew and refocus ones spiritual life. It is traditional to follow disciplines of prayer, abstinence and engagement.

I encourage you to embrace lent and make plans for following at least one discipline in each area.

Pax, Peter+


Tuesday, February 10, 2004

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I am really pleased with how our Worship Gatherings are going at the High Street House. I can't say enough about the generosity of Communality for letting us share their space.

I am posting a poem sent to me by Ryan Pettit. It is by Stephan Crane. As far as we know, Crane was not a believing Christian, but his poem, entitled The Desert, seems to capture truth about a desert or wilderness experience with God. I think Crane's poem might stir reflection for Lent.

I walked in a desert.
And I cried,
"Ah, God, take me from this place!"
A voice said, "It is no desert."
I cried, "Well, But-
The sand, the heat, the vacant horizon."
A voice said, "It is no desert."

Any thoughts?