As an Order, we commit to a Rule of Life that involves things like a commitment to praying the Daily Office, a weekly participation in the Eucharist, et cetera. But the goal of this “rule” is the intentional, devotional discipline to growing in grace, resisting sin and temptation, and ordering our worship, work, and leisure as a pleasing sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1-2).
One of the potential dangers of the Daily Office is the will's role in it. We "will" to pray--which can be too strong and actually dampen the effects of the prayer leading to pride over the fact that we DID pray.
On the issue of lament...I'm convinced this is one of the great absences of modern Evangelical faith that must be recaptured. However, it is not a simple issue. I know we know this, but it’s not what we know but what we keep saying that sticks…
I was thinking about the aspect of our vow that embraces "simplicity." I was wondering how in the world we tangibly embrace that value...
I want to remind us that KNOWING what and why we are doing is helpful, but not necessarily the most important aspect of what we doing. DOING is more important than KNOWING.
Here is a beautiful prayer that reminds us that we cannot live as we should without the help of God himself:
Over the years I have caught myself trying to use my faith to find an easy way around hard work. The older I get the more I am convinced that faith leads me to be persevering more than it helps me skip or avoid hard, difficult places.
This morning's reading is from Numbers 17 where the leaders of Israel brought their walking sticks that represented their individual tribes and laid them before God. These were pieces of wood that were once alive but were now dead. God touches one of them and this dead piece of wood brimmed with life: buds, blossoms and ripe almonds (nourishment).
Those of us in the Order of St. Anthony are on a journey that is probably more theoretical than practical at this point. At this writing, we’ve only been on this trajectory a little over a year, but it has proven to be so provocative and engaging. The bottom line is all of us want a deeper relationship with God and we want to be more radical in our participation in the kingdom of God—not because we have to in order to be “saved,” but because we all get one shot at this gift called “life” and we want to live it as large as we can for God.
Since my consecration into the CEEC this past Wednesday night I have had a number of people ask me, “Do you feel any different after being consecrated as a bishop?”
The short answer is, yes, I do feel different. I was profoundly moved and feel like something changed in me through this event.