... walk just as he walked.
1 John 2:6
Continuing Chesterton, Saint Francis of Assisi, and expecting to return to Mumford (one can dream, anyway).
The reading I am using for lectio divina today says it all. As it says on the title page of this blog, "Learning to walk like Francis of Assisi and daring to speak in God's name." The deeds come before the words. The deeds prove the words. To walk like Francis of Assisi is really to aspire to walk like Jesus of Nazareth. That's the way I aim to go with my sisters and brothers in the Spirit.
The newsletter is finished and e-mailed. Five issues down, six to go.
Did my other house chore, cleaning the exercise shed, this morning. (By the way, now we have two treadmills, not one. These, plus the elliptical machine, a punching bag, a bench for weightlifting, a Bowflex machine, and other large equipment for fitness and conditioning, as well as barbells, jumpropes, etc.) Took to the treadmill on Wednesday, then took a hike Thursday; perhaps we will go back to the treadmill this afternoon.
"The Holy Family" gifted our fraternity with a set of eight easy jigsaw puzzles. Since the beginning of novitiate I have spent many an evening of communal recreation assembling one puzzle or another. We have conquered nearly every puzzle in the house, including a 2,000-piece of The Starry Night by Van Gogh, which took the brothers and me more than two months to bring out of chaos. Now, using these newly gifted puzzles, I am teaching a fellow novice brother how I solve jigsaws. We shall return to the tutorial tonight!
Never heard the rain fall so hard and as loudly as it did this morning. It sounded beautiful.