May 2022

The Tao

There is a saying of the Tao that has captured my imagination. Taoism is a system of oriental philosophy that dates from the sixth century B.C.  It is contained in a book of eighty-one sayings –roughly 5,000 words which have influenced Chinese thought and culture for centuries.  It’s … Continue Reading

April 2022

Carpe Diem

Horace (65-8 B.C.) was the first to use the phrase “Carpe deim” made popular a some years ago by Robin Williams in the film, Dead Poets Society.  What Horace actually said was: “Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!” 

Despite the rash of Carpe deim sweatshirts and T-shirts, Americans have … Continue Reading

March 2022

Lenten fasting it seems, has fallen out of fashion with modern Christians. Roman Catholics, from the last of the seventh century on, were to eat no meat, no dairy products, and no eggs in Lent. Lutherans have always been less austere in their observance of Lent, but today the number … Continue Reading

February 2022

Hospitality

When we hear the word “hospitality” we often think of a hotel or restaurant setting; a formal but “cozy” setting where coffee and cakes are served up with bland conversation. The idea of “hospitality” has lost much of its power for our generation and has become a sort of … Continue Reading