Bede the Venerable – Br. Curtis Almquist

Matthew 13:47-52

We remember today a monk, a scholar, an historian named Bede, the Venerable Bede, born around the year 670. He is best remembered for his monumental tome, the “Ecclesiastical History of the English People.” His own method of dating events from the time of the birth of Christ – the designation A.D., anno domini – came into general use because of the vast influence of his Historia ecclesiastica. Continue reading

A New Heart – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mark 10:1-12

We hear this turn of phrase on Jesus’ lips in our gospel lesson, the “hardness of heart.” In Jesus’ world, in Jesus’ spiritual formation, the heart would have represented far more than the amazing biological organ that we have beating within our chest cavity. The heart symbolized far more than this to Jesus. (It’s also true for us, here and now.) Continue reading

God’s Desire; Our Desire – Br. Curtis Almquist

John 17:1-11

Could you imagine living life without any sense of desire? I mean, can you imagine having every need, every hope, every longing, every question satisfied? (Can you imagine there being no such thing as “need”?) Can you imagine living in a state of perpetual completeness, wholeness, sufficiency, complacency: of being all and having all and desiring nothing more, ever? Continue reading