Sunday, January 27, 2013

One Though Many

Lectio Divina

As a body is one ... and all the parts ... are one body, so also Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:12 


One of my reading buddies in Boston has connected me with more texts that treat the subject of theological anthropology in ancient/patristic Christianity, these being from two of the Cappadocian Fathers: Basil and Gregory of Nyssa, and also John Chrysostom. Still reading Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, and catching up with the latest Commonweal.


Morning prayer in the back chapel, and Mass outdoors, late in the morning, with 150 high school students preparing for confirmation from Saint Barnabas Parish in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles, at the Circle V Camp at Rancho Allegre near Lake Cachuma. One of our Capuchin priests celebrated the Eucharist with them and their catechists, peer ministers, and youth ministry leaders. It's always good to worship out in nature, especially if the weather is tolerable! And despite the chill wind and the crisp temperatures in the shade, it was tolerable, even acceptable.

This afternoon and evening, a reprise of my role as cook for the novices. Last evening it was quiche (vegan, with spinach, mushrooms, and onions), fritatta (vegetarian, with eggs), quinoa, salad, recycled pork and green beans, and apple crisp. This evening, it was teriyaki chicken and mixed vegetables, tofu and mixed vegetables marinated in a ginger lemon soy sauce, white rice, and chai-spiced rice pudding pie with a gingersnap crust. I've felt confident about my baking skills for some time, and now I am feeling better about my improving cooking skills. 

Now, to read in prayerful silence before night prayer and communal recreation. 


Beautiful at San Lorenzo, more beautiful in the camp by Lake Cachuma, and most bright and beautiful within.

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