Guilty of Neglect + Natural?

I just took a nice long look at my autographed Matt Bradley jersey. It reads, “To Father White, Thanks for Rocking the Red!”

To my horror, I realized: My pathetic blog has ignored the Capitals in a shameful manner.

At this moment: 1. The Caps are leading their division. 2. The Caps are tied with the Detroit Red Wings after two periods.

Who just scored? Matt Bradley, people! My man Matt Bradley.

Please forgive me for my inexcusable neglect of the best team in town. Mea culpa. Caps ROCK!

…Here’s a question: What comes naturally to us?

On the one hand, we could say that it comes naturally to us to acknowledge the awesome greatness of our Creator. It is natural to humble ourselves before Him and to want to please Him. We were made by God and for God, so to worship Him is the most natural thing in the world.

On the other hand, we could also say: It comes naturally to us to be selfish, lazy, obtuse, and given to seeking short-term gratification. We are born sinners, so sinning comes naturally.

Both of these answers to the question are true. How do we deal with this mess?

The short answer is this: Keep the sabbath.

Sweet Christmas Revenge

Gilbert's back
Gilbert's back

LeBron and the Cavs edged out the Wiz on Christmas Day. But that was then. This is now. Wizards/Zephyrs 109, King James’ Cavaliers 101!

Nonetheless, Preacher’s team at this point is the Caps. Ice hockey is a great sport. The Caps are good. Plus, they are funny.

close-to-homePretty soon it will be NHL play-off time.

Before then, they will play the NCAA Final Four in a football stadium. Bad idea–the football stadium thing, I mean.

If Michigan State doesn’t win, I hope Villanova wins.

Meanwhile, perhaps you are looking for a peaceful, quiet spot for meditation on the great mystery of life. I have been reading Annie Dillard’s For the Time Being, which occasions a great deal of reflection. I also read a book by Joseph Pieper I want to tell you about, but that is going to have to wait until after Easter…

Anyway, one of the best quiet spots is: the courtyard of the Freer Gallery on the Mall in Washington.

Here is a beautiful work of art that hangs in the Freer Gallery:

Breakfast in the Loggia by John Singer Sargent
Breakfast in the Loggia by John Singer Sargent