Forever on the Alert

I’ve known Pat Geier  almost 40 years.  Not two months into the pandemic, we began Zooming on Fridays, then added Mondays, and before too long were immersed in reading and discussing the works of French…

A Basic Seventeen

November 1999 “And so, first of all, let us remember him, gentlemen, all our lives.  And even though we may be involved with the most important affairs, achieve distinction or fall into some great misfortune…

Prophetic Persistence

My friend Pat Geier gave this homily to the Loretto Community. Palm Sunday 2021Isaiah 50:4-7Phil. 2:6-11Mark 11:1-10 The story of that first Palm Sunday as told by Mark would have made for good optics. If…

The Mutation of Vision

Pierre Hadot, What is Ancient Philosophy? Translated by Michael Chase My friend Pat and I have been reading and discussing via Zoom works by French philosopher Pierre Hadot since this past summer.  Having previously read…

Healers

How to Live Jesus had his students Dipa Ma had her devotees Joanie French has her students Jesus sat with people Dipa Ma sat with people Joanie  helps people to sit without pain Jesus placed…

Micro-Affections

Her Favorite Photograph Out of the blue She texted me First, there was a photo: Then Lena Laserstein Wrote underneath it: “My favorite photograph” Being ever so curious I wrote her back: “Why do you…

Books To Read before We Die

Recently, I gave a bibliophilic friend the new book by James Mustich, 1,000 Books To Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List. It is a delight to peruse the tome, as the author and his…

When We Were Young

The old days of Enneagram exchanges The old days of “noisy contemplation” The old days of Wendell Ford The old days of the FSLN The old days of Buzz Parsons The old days of home-made…