Brendan Liturgy

 “Christ of the Mysteries, can I trust you on the sea?”

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It’s time to start journeying again…Strange how sometimes you feel like you’re moving when in fact you’re sitting still. Sometimes the first step on to the trail is the simple acknowledgment that it’s time to start.

The Northumbria Community has published a booklet based on the Liturgy of St. Brendan for use in reflecting on one’s life and vocation during Holy Week (and beyond)  2013.

I will be working through the booklet here…

April 10, 2014

Part XVI

“Tune my spirit to the music of heaven. Feed me, and, somehow,

make my obedience count for You.”

It has been a long and eventful journey since Easter last. A joyous Spring and Summer. A dark Autumn and Winter punctuated with a few...Read More »

March 25, 2014

Brendan Liturgy Part XV

“His body be placed quietly in a wagon, in charge of only one brother, un-noticed.”

This touches  parts of my internal world that has been with me for a very long time:

I think about my own funeral a lot.


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March 18, 2014

Brendan Liturgy Part XIV

“Is Heaven’s music real to me? Causing my spirit to be stirred and to put off it’s weariness?”

I’ve never felt fully comfortable calling myself a musician [Insert any number of drummer jokes here] but not just because of my limited instrumentation ( I...Read More »

March 4, 2014

Brendan Liturgy Part XIII

“Life in community is not easy. Sharing life with others makes holiness hard to find…Am I surprised by the evil I encounter in me or in others? Help me to live as one glad to die. Teach me to live with eternity in view.” 

Brendan Liturgy Part XII

“Brendan returned to his earlier task of the founding of monastaries, schools for the Gospel, support for the faithful. Still, he would follow the flight of the Wild Goose, the call of the Spirit to seek God’s adventures…”

The activities and...Read More »

February 7th, 2014

Brendan Liturgy Part XI

“After all his adventures, Brendan’s wisdom still was not perfected. There was plenty God had to teach him, and many others whose example he could learn by”

Three separate but interconnected ideas coalesce in my mind after reflecting on Part XI for a while:

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January 15, 2014

Brendan Liturgy Part X

“Return, your mission now is over. God who did call you here, now bids you go. Return in peace, then, to your native shore and tell the mighty secrets that you know. Seek your own isle – Christ’s newly bought domain which nature with an...Read More »

November 26, 2013

Brendan Liturgy Part IX

“Year after year the continue in circles over the waves…then, as they journey exactly the way they had before, waiting a glimpse of it’s beautiful, far distant shore, darkness intensifies until before their eyes the land of promise they saw…” 

The question we...Read More »

September 26th, 2013

Brendan Liturgy Part VIII

Brendan and his friends find those who understand; food is provided, and needful encouragement to trust God.

The workbook pulls from Part VIII the concept of “Living Simply”. To say that this has been a dominant thought of mine for years is an understatement....Read More »

August 20, 2013

Brendan Liturgy Part VII

“I need not live with regrets if the Lord made me free. Am I like Judas, or can I let God comfort me?”

It’s been 6 weeks. Stuck here at Part VII and unable to spend significant time with it anyway in...Read More »

July 18, 2013

Brendan Liturgy Part VI

“I accept the responsibility, I’ll hear and obey and trust it is  your voice I hear, the call of the Spirit, the cry of the Bird of Heaven. It is a ‘yes’ to risky living…”

Well, this is turning out to be a “spotty” endeavor to...Read More »

June 4th, 2013

Brendan Liturgy Part V

“After years on this adventure, Brendan sails in sight of home, not the home he yearned and sought for, but familiar sights and people, those who held and hold him dear.”

I was struggling with finding myself in Part V.

I dutifully engaged in the...Read More »

May 16, 2013

Brendan Liturgy Part IV


This is Ashlynn. She is 4 years old and spends a couple of days a week with my wife while her awesome parents teach other kids at school.

Ashlynn and I were enjoying a spinach/radish salad (with the addition of some store-bought lettuce) which we had just...Read More »

April 18, 2013

Brendan Liturgy Part III

I am no athlete. I mean, I can throw a baseball and not look like a princess doing it. I can make a 10 foot jump shot over 50% of the time and I think I can still jog a mile without stopping (much), but I am...Read More »

April 3, 2013

Part II of the Brendan Liturgy

“…O Lord, I pray that in you, I’ll break ground both fresh and new, As a student let me stand. Break the hardness of the land with your forgiving Father-hand.”

Turns out that naming a stream is a pretty involved process. A very nice...Read More »

Resurrection Sunday, 2013

Part I of the Brendan Liturgy Cont…

“Think of your spiritual journey life as a sea crossing…draw an image to represent your current position, and think about why you are where you are…”

I got a pretty clear image right away. I tried drawing it, but with...Read More »

March 29, 2013

Part I of the Brendan Liturgy cont…

“…have I the courage to leave the familiar and journey into the unknown?…to journey beyond the way I have prayed…”

We live in relative ignorance of that which is familiar. Just because something is “familiar” doesn’t mean we understand it, or “know” it.

I...Read More »

March 28, 2013

Part I of the Brendan Liturgy

“…shall I take leave of my friends  and my beautiful native land, tears in my eyes as my knees mark my final prayer in the sand? King of the Mysteries will you set watch over me? Christ of the mysteries, can I trust...Read More »

March 27, 2013

Part I of the Brendan Liturgy Cont…

“…sail on the face of the deep where no riches or fame or weapons protect you, and nobody knows your name?”

A thought occurs to me with wonderfully terrifying clarity: There’s always new territory to explore.

In the past, I have contemplated...Read More »

March 26, 2013

Part I of the Brendan Liturgy Cont…

“Shall I abandon the comforts and benefits of my home?”…Brendan asks.

This is perhaps THE central question, asked a thousand times and answered in a thousand ways ranging from “Hell YES!” to “Hell NO!”

But yesterday, the question changed. At the intersection...Read More »

March 25, 2013

Part I of the Brendan Liturgy kicked my ass.

I’ve read it before.

But there are points in time and space where things collide that at other times and places miss each other.

How many times have you driven the same route to work…crossing the same intersection at roughly the same time, with...Read More »


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