Journal

Category: Contemplative Life

Monastic Life Experienced for a Weekend

[What does a monk do and why?  Members of the Coracle community just got some answers as we returned from an experiences that you’ll read about below.  It was great, truly great.  I asked the Abbot, Fr. Robert Barnes, “What is the deepest essence of why a monk does...

The Joy of Being a Pencil

This past weekend a young woman came to Corhaven to talk about Mother Teresa.  A freshman in high school, she’s working on a year long research project and had heard that Tara and I had met her. It’s true. I met Mother Teresa in 1995 when I spent a month in Calcutta...
Mother Teresa and Spiritual Maturity

Mother Teresa and Spiritual Maturity

Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to teach on how Mother Teresa’s life exhibited spiritual maturity, and it afforded the opportunity to explore the meaning of her long “dark night”.   It was a privilege for me, and this talk became...

A Hymn for Ash Wednesday

“Just As I Am” by Charlotte Elliot 1. Just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, and that thou bidst me come to thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come. 2. Just as I am, and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot, to thee whose...
“On Theosis” Audio

“On Theosis” Audio

A few years ago at St. Brendan’s in the City, I gave this sermon which was the result of about 10 years of journey.  It remains to feel like one of the most important sermons I’ve ever given, an attempt to wrestle into clear and simple words the goal and...

Abide in Me- John 15

To me, abide is synonymous with comfort and peace. So many stresses surround us, and fear/anger are easy reactions for me… especially when I have an imbalance of coffee or sleep (or exercise or quiet …).  And reactions can be lethal. Obey, respect, and accept are...

Accelerated Parenting

As a dad of young children, I sometimes think that my wife and I are workers at a muddy and chaotic construction site — setting (I hope) solid foundations. Every once in a while we emerge from behind the construction perimeter fence and go out on a rare date together,...
Coracle in Northern Virginia

Coracle in Northern Virginia

A common sentiment among those who retreat at Corhaven is how powerful it is simply to step back from the noise, and be still, and create space for God to enter in and speak, and even more than that, to encounter God’s love again. Simply stepping away from daily...

Why I say “Yes!” to Get in the Boat

“Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet One theme from the early years of my life is restlessness. I tend...

on Ruth Haley Barton

I have a brother and two sisters.  I love them all and wish you could meet them.  There’s a good chance that one of them, my sister Ruth, is already known to you. A funny, glee-full thing happens to me at least several times a year.   Someone will be talking to me...

A Prayer for Epiphany

Dear Jesus, help us to spread your presence everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly, that our lives may be only a radiance of yours. Shine through us, and be so in us, that every person we come in...

“Mary of Nazareth – The First Disciple”

by Mona Lindeman Mona is a dear friend of Coracle and active at The Falls Church Anglican.   She gave this reflection recently to a women’s Bible Study. Consider Mary of Nazareth, the wife of Joseph the carpenter, the mother of Jesus our Savior.  What do we think when...

Dad’s Christmas ilemma

This blog was originally posted by a Coracle board member, Soren Johnson. “What’s your favorite time of the year?” I asked my 7-year-old son the other day. Without a pause, he nearly shouted, “Christmas Eve.” Fellow dads, listen up. We can read our kids’ excitement in...

Three cures for the ‘selfie age’

This blog was originally posted by a Coracle board member, Soren Johnson.  Here is a bit of non-news: Americans today are decidedly overwhelmed, self-absorbed and hyper-social. We download apps to monitor our breathing, sleeping and our every move. We are...

Thanksgiving in the Midst

“For the beauty of the skies … for the joy of human love …” The lines of this favorite hymn fill my heart this Thanksgiving and guide me into reflection–What am I thankful for? I am thankful for God’s blessings around me, and I know joy in being in Christ. I am...
“Shine in the Darkness” (with audio)

“Shine in the Darkness” (with audio)

The following address was offered at the Opening Eucharist of the 2014 Synod of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic of the Anglican Church of North America, held in Woodbridge, VA on November 15, 2014. Coracle · Shine In The Darkness In Philippians 2.15, Paul speaks of “a...

Trinity House Cafe in Leesburg, VA

In case you did not catch this on the EWTN News Nightly, The Trinity House Cafe was featured for a couple of minutes, and we want to share it with you.  Soren Johnson, a Coracle board member and friend is connected very closely and his wife, Ever, runs the ministry....

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