Did you know that the coloring which makes a page of a book appear white is made of titanium dioxide? Indeed it is! Listen and learn more about how titanium is in many things around us even if we don't always realize this fact. Similarly, Christ is seen through all which is - if we have the ways to see and to identify God's Presence as Christ.
It's All Saints Day and my celebration of this holy day was framed by a special song - the late Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." It's a good song for this day as the saints are our extended family who are standing by us in deeply mysterious and significant ways.
What do you see right now? Hear? Smell? Feel? Taste? And what do each of these sensations reveal to you about the Presence of Christ? Join me as I reflect about preparation to move my prayer materials and prayer time inside as the season changes.
The element scanduim is a component of the brightest light bulbs we see in parking lots and elsewhere. At the heart of all creation is Christ who became incarnate within creation and thus became a part of all matter from the subatomic to the cosmic. Like scanduim in the light we see, Christ is present in all we see - from quarks all the way up to stars and galaxies.
When we think of calcium and the human body bones and milk come to mind. But calcium is even more important at the cellular level and the regulation of important bodily functions. Christ is also found at the depths of everything vital for life as in Christ "we live and move and have our being."
Potassium, atomic symbol K, is essential to the basic functioning of your body. It also was likely integral to the emergence of life on Earth. Christ, like K as it hits H2O, explodes into creation not by going up to the heavens, but by descending into humanity and the experience of being alive in flesh and bone.
A Washington Post article today quoting words against racism from a Catholic archbishop and words from a Baptist reverend saying Donald Trump isn't racist illustrate the division in how Christians are responding to recent violent, hate filled shootings and "tweet-storms." This episode begins reflection on "Barmen Today: A Contemporary Contemplative Declaration." Find out more at EdTechEmergent.Wordpress.com
Argon, a noble gas is inert and inactive and thus is useful in various ways. Some think that God is inactive and uninvolved in the world. But Christ shows us that God is here and now. NEW - checkout EdTechEmergent.Word press.com for more info on this and other episodes.
I recorded this episode at the Dublin (Ohio) Irish Festival after celebrating mass with our Bishop Robert Brennan. My heart is heavy and I'm angry too after 20 were killed by an American terrorist in El Paso yesterday and 9 murdered early this morning in Dayton - 90 minutes from here. I talked with a Northern Irish author and am struck by how this form of domestic terrorism we are facing isn't too different than what he grew up with in Belfast. Any yet I am encouraged by the refrain from Bishop Brennan's homily - We are made for better than this. God is here and ready to empower us to support life by enacting common sense gun laws. We pray for those lost and also MUST work to end this violence. There are solutions if we but have the courage to stand up and enact them.
Cholorine gas kills in a horrific way. Yet chlorine, in small amounts, purifies our drinking water is a useful disinfectant. Is God vengeful and destructive? Or is God - Love? Christ incarnated in Jesus of Nazareth firmly shows us who God is and how God is life-saving and live-giving.
I hike in a track of public land which isn't yet a designated park and I reflect on the ways that the trees and the entire woods is connected under the earth. Words from the new book "Underlands" come to mind as I experience Christ in this place and time.
"This stinks!" is what we say when surprised by the pungent rotten egg smell of sulfur. We are also surprised by the parables told by Jesus the Christ about the coming Reign of God. And we are challenged to see that stinky sulfur has important uses within our world.
NO Spoilers for the series in this episode! I finish all three seasons of Stranger Things and am awed and moved by how great and soulful the story telling is. God is always Present in a well told and moving story.
I am struck my two conversations I had last Thursday which took place hours apart and just a few store fronts from each other. The second was a talk about Jimmy Buffet and his "greatness" while the first was about the great mystics of the Church. Are you a mystic? Are you a "parrothead?" How is Christ present in the midst of this contrast?
My son and I gathered with 175 others on the evening of the Lights for Liberty action. We gathered for talk, song and prayer at the Mount Gillead, Morrow County Ohio jail where about two dozen migrants are being detained. I witnessed, from a small distance, some of those men reaching out to us from behind the windows. They are "the little ones" to whom the Hebrew prophets and Jesus himself tell us to provide special care.
There are three kinds of phosphorus - the deadly white, the rare and useless black and the red form used in matches to ignite. It is also the key element needed for plants to grow. Christ came to bring light and flame and growth to the world. And there are many forms of his followers - some who are toxic and use his name for bigotry and violence, those with a benign faith that never leaves the church building and those whose hearts are burning and ignited as they bring Christ's Love to the world.
What was Jesus the Christ's first commandment as told in the first written Gospel (of Mark?) Was it to "repent" or to "change your heart?" And is it silicon or silicone? Is there even a difference between these?
The US Inspector General for the Dept of Homeland Security today said the migrant detention centers the US is running at the border are a "ticking time bomb" Yesterday my son and I attended two rallies asking US Representatives to immediately improve the conditions of these camps and to ultimately #closethecamps. I experienced God's presence in at least two people that I spoke with at these rallies.
I am working this summer with a temp agency and also delivering with a food delivery company. In both of these job roles I am a servant. On Sunday afternoon I worked serving a bridal shower and then was served at my daughter's dance banquet.
What of the greatest value? Gold? Silver? Or Aluminum? It all depends on your perspective. How do we know when we are hearing the voice of God? And what are the marks of a healthy, life giving religion? Ponder these questions and more in this episode.
We arrive at "the first of the truly marvelous structural metal" which is also highly explosive 🎆 in small amounts. Is Christ 💥 and loud or a "still small voice" like the one Elijah heard when he waited in the cave?
Sodium is a remarkably contradictory element. In its pure form, when combined with water, it violently explodes. Yet, when combined with chlorine, it makes table salt - which is necessary for life. Jesus the Christ was also contradictory in surprising ways too.
Fluorine is one of the most reactive gases. Yet when it is bonded with one or more other events, it makes quite stable compounds - including one of the most famous item you'll find in your kitchen or winter coat. Jesus the Christ, although he had great power was responsive rather than reactive.
Squeezed between carbon (#6) and oxygen (#8) the importance of nitrogen might seem minimal. Until you realize that plants need nitrogen to grow. And it is the Presence of Christ in creation which brings about all growth and development.
In this episode find out why carbon is the "most important element of life, PERIOD" and how it is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as Frankenstein's monster. Listen to an inspiring quote by Mirabai Starr and hear how the Incarnation of Jesus the Christ is all about carbon.
Boron is best known for being a laundry aid and an ant-killer, but did you know that a crystal it forms with nitrogen might be stronger and harder than a diamond? And yet it is also a key component of a very familiar soft and bendy "toy." Listen and learn how this under appreciated element reveals a key aspect of Jesus the Christ.
I sat on my porch yesterday afternoon and enjoyed a conversation with a friend in the same 12 Step fellowship. We sat in silence together (via the phone) for a while and I felt God's Presence in the connection we shared. 🕊
Just like the light metal beryllium and its mineral form beryl, Jesus the Christ was both strong and alluring. How was Jesus the Christ allurring and what beautiful gemstones come from Beryl? Please listen and learn!
This soft, light metal which floats on water powers most of our modern batteries. Lithium also gives great comfort to those who struggle with bi-polar disorder. Immortalized by the song "Lithium" by Nirvana this element shows us Christ in its healing, comforting power.
When you think of helium what comes to mind? Balloons? Blimps? But do you know from where it gets its name? Or where it comes from? Find out these things and how we can learn about and experience Christ through helium.
This is the first episode of my new podcast Christ Through the Elements. I will walk in order through the Periodic Table and share about each element and how I believe we can experience Christ through pondering and experiencing that element. Let's begin with the lightest element which make up 75% of the visible universe!
I've not recorded an episode since Holy Thursday and I'm feeling moved to return to creating this podcast. It's Pentecost Eve and it feels like the right time to begin again. Thanks for returning with me!
In this first reflection on the meaning of Holy (or Maundy) Thursday I wonder - What would it be like if Christians followed Jesus' clear example and washed each others feet during every mass or time of worship?
The gospel a for mass on Holy Tuesday and Spy (Holy) Wednesday both take place at the Last Supper as Jesus acknowledges that one of his friends will deny him and another will betray him. When have you experienced either denial or betrayal from a friend?
It's Holy Week 2019 and I am pondering these questions about Christ's Passion proclaimed in mass on Palm Sunday. How does this story sink into my bones? How does this story break my heart? How does this story blow my mind? This is the first post in my special Holy Week series.
I am 2/3 the way through a novel which is a both a commentary on our current times and a warning of a possible future. Listen as I read three short passages from "The Wall" by John Lanchester (No book story spoilers in this episode)
I have a crown installed today by my dentist. Rather than sliding rapidly in anxiety as the dentist is drilling and grinding, I listen to music on my earbuds, close my eyes and focus on my breath. This simple mindful practice makes all of the difference for me.
I am back after a few days of hiatus. Please listen to hear the changes that I'm bringing to the podcast going forward. And hear why I'm now beginning with "Let us remember we are always and everywhere in the holy presence of Christ"
I am sad as I learned on Monday that a friend and mentor from long ago died Sunday afternoon. Fr. Paul, just 4 years older than me, was there with me back 30 years ago when I was in high school and then college. I have deep faith that he joins other friends of mine -saints now in the fullness of Christ - as a presence still with me and all of us. ✌🙏💜
I write and pray a prayer today for the six types of live identified by the Ancient Greeks. And after experiencing love of my school after watching a fun competition and then having a special moment with my teen daughter, I wonder if there are even more kinds of love for which we need new words.
My school community hears from a father who lost his daughter in a car crash caused by distracted driving. My students and I take The Maria's Message Pledge to not drive with manual, visual and/or cognitive distraction.
I go back and listen to the episodes I recorded one year ago this week and am struck by my thoughts and feelings right after the Parkland school shooting. I experience God in the remembering of those horrible days.
I watch the Cardiff City FC (in the English Premier League) team and fans honor the 28 year old new player - Emiliano Sala - who died very recently in the crash of a small plane flying from France to Wales where he was joining his new team and community. 🇬🇧
I am teaching about both Big History and the Genesis creation stories to my students. A sentence from the book (in this episode title) "How to Love the Universe" by Stefan Klein helps me to experience awe and wonder in the Presence of God.
I enjoy my scented mist maker and my crackling wick candle as I reflect on MLK and his vision of the Beloved Community and how it is so relevant today. I will be using it as a teaching focus for my classes tomorrow.
On MLK Day I partipate in a community breakfast and am inspired and challenged by the keynote speaker. More info comes out about the boys behaving badly in D.C. And I reflect on how the adults monitoring the kids should be held accountable for poor leadership and wrong judgment.
I share my increasing sadness about how much fear is motivating the story that Trump is telling about the Southern Border. I share short stories about my transformative time spent years ago south of the US border in Tijuana, Mexico.
I take a nice walk on Christmas Eve Day and listen to Trevor Noah's audiobook autobiography "Born a Crime" and later celebrate Christmas Eve and reflect on how Christ was born to liberate all from whatever holds them bound.
I enjoy streaming Italian soccer and am in awe of the bridges which the internet creates. And I am troubled how some want to build walls of other types to separate and divide when clearly God desires unity and connection instead.
I pray with my students on the 6th anniversary of the slaughter of 6 year olds and their teachers and share my sadness at these deaths and my anger at how little we've done to address gun violence since Dec 14, 2012.
If you've listened to episodes #135, #128, #116, or #58 you know that the Keurig K coffee pods are a nemesis of mine. Today I was feeling grateful for a great alternative solution - the Hamilton Beach Brewstation 48466-MX (this is not a paid product endorsement - just a really cool thing which has helped the faculty at my school and also the earth!)🌎
I begin to show my students the classic "The Truman Show," which when it was released in 1998 both predicted and parodied the ubiquitous "reality shows" of today. (Thanks for your patience as this is posted WAY late for Fri the 30th)
I lead a prayer service for my classes on All Souls Day. The heart of the service is a moving slide show of their loved one who have departed this life. I am touched witnessing a student reaching out to support her grieivng friend.