Sunday, June 26, 2005

Geoffrey Brock

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BlogShares - finish your phrase ... what the heck is this? can anyone explain?

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

songs of healing ... quite a list

posted at 8:35 PM

those pictures show us mostly greyer heavier slower fewer but ... we're not done yet ... what carmelites do ... goes on ... all over the americas ... the past year or so has challenged a number of us with heart trouble ... but there's no problem with our Heart ... we've still got a good one ... and we act on it every day ... when i look at us i don't just see greyer heavier fewer... i see us more stubborn in our pursuit of good work ... more imaginative in our approach to solving problems ... more conscious of the action of the spirit in our lives ... more open to inevitable changes... maybe i'm the cockeyed optimist .. i dunno ... there are things to worry about ...

but we aren't just worried ... looking at these and other pictures i was surprised by the joy kindness and outright love in our faces ... when we puddle up at these chapters, the past and the future become palpable ... the other day during a lull in the procedings i started mentally flinging out filaments from myself to others in the room whose lives have intersected with mine in meaningful (i.e. life-shaping ) ways ... in only a few moments the place was thick in my webby embrace ...

in chapel two days ago i found myself accidentally seated in a back row alongside five essential members of my (immense) private gallery of heroes ... nowadays i never see or talk or write to them ... only one had been a literal teacher of me ... but they've each taught me ... i sit beside them and wonder ... who's out of place in this row ... has the student yet surpassed the teacher ... doesn't feel like it ...

when i look at us ... this gathering of mostly old churchmen (average age of the province: 64) ... i don't see or feel what i sense very strongly in other gatherings ... i don't get the clericalism, the insularity, the self-satisfied pomposity, the i'm-more-orthodox-than-you'll-ever-be gamesmanship, the fear that drips from every other image i've ever seen of priest and bishop and cardinal meetings ... we do not dress formally here ... we're family ... there's no one to impress ... we know and are known ... and i know for a fact that we (the vastest number of us) carry this commonness & humility out into the work we do ... the lives we lead...

over the past few years events in the world-wide church have given me (and of course not only me) reason to grieve, to become angry, to feel like it's not my church anymore ... at times i've thought ... what am i doing ... associating myself with this oppressive institution that's so slow to change so blind and hurtful in so many ways ... maybe i should walk away ... but i remember that my little corner of The Church is carmelite ... and the carmelites have never (or not for very long) lost sight of what's important ... my carmelites are able - in this very day - to speak such words as:

Standing in the prophetic tradition of Elijah, we commit to educate ourselves personally and communally, and to strive to eliminate the many forms of discrimination in our world, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on age, gender, race, mental or physical challenges, or sexual orientation.

... and ...

The "seamless garment" of Catholic social values requires that we speak out on issues of poverty, globalization and the oppression of children and women; it requires that we announce the good news to all peoples, and not allow the gospel to be captured and utilized for political purposes with limited ethical vision.

... and ...

Realizing that one cannot give what one does not have, each Carmelite, on a daily basis, will commit himself to the challenge of nurturing not only his own personal prayer life but also of contributing to the quality of the prayer life of his local community.

these are still my carmelites ... working to express the truth of the person and message of jesus to a world that sorely needs it ... and i am most blessed and challenged to be among them still.

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Intelligent Design?? A Special Report from Natural History Magazine

posted at 12:33 PM

Triangulating Shakespeare

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Friday, June 24, 2005

st. john of the cross... 24 june 1542...

In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his Beloved is seeking him much more.


Thursday, June 23, 2005

a full house for the big election...

and our new provincial leader... john welch, o. carm.

sean sits for a portrait...

gregory and ed in action...

A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets, but on the 12th floor of the Acme Building, one man is still trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions.....Guy Noir, Private Eye.


Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Tuesday, June 21, 2005

us... there ... doing that thing we do so well...


Monday, June 20, 2005

the best list of summer so far ... god bless the ordinary corners and walls... ceilings & floors... of us all going windows

this was the first day of our provincial chapter and a pretty good one... always good to see these men who've mattered in most important & elusive ways for so long... i drove out early this morning... and got back late tonight... maybe not so late tomorrow and beyond... but things'll be thinner than even usual throughout the week... my novice master clyde blew my cover by getting me to read for the afternoon prayer... one never refuses one's novice master... not even 35 years after the fact... got through it ok... that passage from 1kings where elijah goes running off to the mountain & god chases him down & says "why are you here?"... why indeed...


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