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Ah, Sunday!

Monastery Window
Light at the monastery window

The Sabbath is a good God-idea.  This morning I went to Mass and afterwards wandered around Harvard Square, if not aimlessly then without any clear aim.  I ended up in the Harvard Coop.  There I granted myself a latte though I’m off the coffee for Lent.  Sunday is, after all, the day of resurrection even in this season!  I picked up 2010’s version of The Best Spiritual Writing as well as the The Best American Essays of 2009.  And finally, I couldn’t resist getting a copy of The Female Brain.  It made a good gift, but I’ll read it too as it seems this is a subject every man should know something about.

At 12 noon I was in the monastery of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist on Memorial Drive.  I had been invited for mid-day prayer and a lunch in honor of the 70th birthday of one of the monks, a wonderful man whom I have been privileged to know for over a decade.  The prayer was beautiful.  The medieval-looking chapel is a spectacular haven of Sabbath peace.  And the luncheon menu, chosen by the honoree, was simply marvelous: kentucky fried chicken, green beans casserole, baked potatoes, a cherry-coke jello salad and a Lady Baltimore birthday cake.  In my new gluten-free environment, I ate everything but the cake.  Good comfort food, all of it, as the monastery’s Superior pointed out.

Of course comfort food leads inevitably to a Sunday afternoon nap, thank God.  And the books remain as future wonders to be explored.  I’ll report later on what I learn about the female brain.


A native of the North Shore of Boston, I currently live on Long Island, New York. I worked at Boston College as the Acting Director of The Church in the 21st Century Center until August, 2010 and served until November 2016 as Canon for Formation, and Dean of the George Mercer Jr. School of Theology of the Diocese of Long Island. I am now Rector at the Church of Saint Anselm of Canterbury in Shoreham, New York.

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