Diocese of Virginia

Diocese of Virginia

Meditation for the 20th Week after Pentecost

Resetting a Body of Broken Bones from The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor, Assisting Bishop In New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton writes: “As long as we are on earth the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another, because this love is the resetting of a Body of broken bones….There are two things which [people]…can do about the pain of disunion with other [people].  They can love or they can hate.” Our country is…
Pinecones and Mushrooms meditation

Meditation for the 20th Week after Pentecost

Pinecones and Mushrooms from Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson   After the first couple of months of confinement, I started walking the length of the long drive at Roslyn a couple of times a day. You’d think that it would get boring, but the flora and fauna have drawn me in with Beatrix Potter-like glimpses into their habits and habitats. I peer into doorways in the hollows of tree trunks, and tiptoe past grand earthen entrances to underground cities surrounded by garlands of moss and violets that…

Meditation for the 18th Week after Pentecost

The Power of Prayer in the Wilderness of Cancer from Bishop Susan Goff The meditation I offer today in this time of division, uncertainty and daily change in our national life is personal. As I complete active cancer treatment, I reflect on the journey and offer my thanks to you for accompanying me in prayer. I pray that this reflection might be a support to you as you journey through every wilderness of this time.   It was a doctor…

Meditation for the 17th Week after Pentecost

Deeper than Melodrama from Bishop Porter Taylor   “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn Think back to 2008. John McCain is holding a rally near election day.…
Fall trees Thanksgiving

Meditation for the 16th Week after Pentecost

Thanksgiving Has Come Early This Year from Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson Walking in the light of the first cool, crisp mornings of the fall, I find myself thankful — not just Gratitude-Journal-thankful for hot coffee, or work that I love, or even for health (though grateful I am) — but grateful for the front-line workers and first responders who are tending to the spiritual needs and feelings of anxiety or disappointment or fear or rage that flare up in unexpected hot…