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Bryan Cooper
June 12, 2018

Sacrarium spiritus beati oculi

The little things that give us joy. Finding those in the quiet moments is the charge from Tish Harrison Warren’s chapter, ‘Drinking Tea: Sanctuary and Savoring’. For me this is easy — my wife’s eyes crinkle at the corner when she smiles. She smiles a lot — a little less now that we are in […]

June 5, 2018

Dimensions for a Communion Table

Let’s build a Communion Table together, shall we.  The first one was about six friends long on a side, and at least one Jesus wide at the end.  Today, our table needs to accommodate all my friends — Virginia, Peter, Eddie, Rob, Rachel, Quinn, Katie, Donna, Zach, Bo, Charlie, Sean, Charlie, Ehow, Joe, Joe, Joseph, […]

May 22, 2018

Ora et Labora and the Inbox

email.   Finally a subject I am a verified consultant level expert on — I have written articles and taught classes on managing your Inbox effectively.  But, Tish Harrison Warren is one of the many people who would find my advice and counsel less than helpful.  Her chapter on how she finds it unpleasant when opening her […]

May 15, 2018

Passing the Peace and Slamming the doors

Our bedroom door in our last house, the house where we raised our girls to adulthood, had cracks shivering up the plaster.  Those cracks came from a particularly furious fight between my  wife and me.  I don’t remember the specifics but given the timeframe, I’m sure it was about how were we going to pay […]

April 24, 2018

Did John the Baptist Brush His Teeth?

In this week’s chapter of the Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Warren talks about the quotidian tasks that make up our every day.  When we fight back against our daily decline — be it vanity, or health, or just habit much of our daily life is spent just attempting to reverse the entropy of existence.   She […]

April 17, 2018

The Disorientation of a Summer morning

As a child, we didn’t have air conditioning.  In Oregon that elicits a shrug, but in the Midwest, Summer’s were brutal.  My parent’s solution was to move my brother and I into the den where a lone window unit would struggle against the Oklahoma heat.  Waking in Summer for me would be disorienting and disjointed.  […]

April 10, 2018

Baptism around the coffee pot

I have never had an epiphany in the truest sense of the word.  My whole life I have been in a spiritual community surrounded by faithful people trying their best to live up to the Word.  I’m envious of people who can tell their own ‘Road to Emmaus’ story.   But my spiritual journey has been […]