From the Garden

“I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce.”

A catechism of Nature (7): Grass

Are we wearing out the earth’s ability to sustain us, tilling the ground into oblivion, coming to the end of some invisible tether?

Climbing the ladder of God’s delight

My first encounter with natural delight changed my life. I ended up leaving my parish ministry in North Carolina to move to the United Kingdom. Since then, I’ve gone out into wildernesses and the countryside with increasing regularity, spending as much time as I responsibly can soaking in the natural world and learning how to delight.

Via crucis

Behold my grace through vessel, see my love / in bark-covered-twisted-winter-dead tree.

A catechism of Nature (6): Circles of disturbance and perception

One’s circle of disturbance is inversely proportional to the size of one’s circle of perception. If you are only aware of what is immediately around you, then you will be more apt to frighten animals you don’t see with your ruckus. There is a spiritual lesson in all of this.