Winding Down

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No despair of ours can alter the reality of things, nor stain the joy of the cosmic dance, which is always there. —Thomas Merton, 1915–1968

Hello everyone, my sabbatical time is winding down (It was a short summer Charlie Brown!). Arthur will be here this Friday and then we will be headed back on Sunday September 1st.

I have had a wonderful and rejuvenating experience that included much time of reflection. The Icon writing class in Russian 14th century style at St. Gregory of Nyssa was fantastic with much contemplation included and new friends. I am also writing another Icon of St. John the Forerunner.I have included a picture (unfinished).

My sabbatical reading list included Mueller's "Sabbath" and Bodo's "Francis, The Journey and the Dream"; rereading Rohr's "The Divine Dance", and I'm close to finishing his "The Universal Christ" which I am enjoying.

I am very grateful for this Sabbatical time the parish has given me and I thank you. I hope it was beneficial for you as well and that in all the turmoil going on around us, we can remind ourselves of why we gather as a parish family. I included Merton's quote above that reminds us of who we are and whose we are as we go forward into God's new creation. Peace and see you soon. Ben+