9 05, 2017

Walking the Dog… a post by Jim

By |2017-05-09T01:37:52-05:00May 9th, 2017|Animals, Humility, Ordinary, Sacramental Perspective, Words|1 Comment

For the past couple months I’ve been very intentional about living present in the ordinary of life with the prayer that God will meet me there. Would like to say that I am a master at that but I am not. However, God is helping me see that the ordinary is filled with extraordinary realities. That seemed to happen a couple days while I was walking my son’s dog (how and why Joy and I have taken in his dog is another matter!). So … I was walking Jordan at Mount Saint Francis Abby where there are hundreds of

28 02, 2017

Empathy vs Sympathy…a video post by Tom

By |2017-02-28T18:25:54-05:00February 28th, 2017|Animals, Community, Discernment, Emotions, Empathy, family systems, Human, Listening, Loneliness|1 Comment

Check out the following short video illustrating the important difference between empathy and sympathy.  Now ask the question which one is God? Which one are you? Imagine how the quality of our relationships  would improve if we embodied this…and thus the quality of our lives.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

17 08, 2016

God Paid Attention To Me…a post by Joy

By |2016-08-17T16:58:57-05:00August 17th, 2016|Animals, Beauty, Creation, Faith, Love, Trust|1 Comment

God paid attention to me this morning in a way that He knew I would love! I opened the blinds of the window in the bedroom. Immediately I saw a bright red cardinal sitting on top of a tall weed in the field of swaying grasses behind our house. I smiled and whispered a prayer of thankfulness. The beauty of the red bird always reminds me that “God is with me.” He shows up at the most amazing times. He may be flying across my pathway as I’m driving, arriving at the bird feeder on our snow-clad deck in December,

21 06, 2016

The Lord’s Beauty Upon Us…a post by Joy

By |2016-07-14T21:34:22-05:00June 21st, 2016|Animals, Beauty, Creation, Relational Design, Sacramental Perspective|0 Comments

Psalm 90:17 “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. Establish Thou the work of our hands; yes, establish the work of our hands. “ This is one of the first things that came to mind this morning when I awakened. Momentarily outside my window was the distinct chirping call of a bird: the red cardinal. I felt that the beauty of the Lord was being brought to me through His colorful creation. During the next hour I was drawn to that window three times with that familiar sound excited to see the beauty that was behind

3 02, 2010

Cat and Dog ‘Theology’

By |2014-11-17T19:32:34-05:00February 3rd, 2010|Animals, Love|2 Comments

Some years ago I heard of cat and dog 'theology'. Reducing theological perspectives to generalities about cats and dogs is anthropomophism to extreme (is there such a category as 'animalmorphism'?!). But I never forgot it! In part because I think in simple terms. In part because of my experience with cats and dogs. I acknowledge that my experience has led me to a generalization which may not match your experience. But here is mine. 'Ace' is the cat. Ace belongs to my daughter who left for college six years ago. Ace didn't leave. So now for almost 13 years Ace has given me