Author Archives: CharlesLaFond

Welcome to the View from Blackwater Bluff

Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by
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The Blackwater Bluff was my home. This blog detailed my many journeys while I resided there. This was a painterly HDR photograph of the house taken in 2011. The original header of the blog was this collage of images: I wrote a monthly article on domestic spirituality for the … Continue reading the story “Welcome [Read the full story …]

The Book of Common Practice:

Posted on: April 10th, 2013 by
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The Book of Common Practice: A manual for discerning, deciding and writing a set of guiding principles for your life (A Rule of Life) Written by the Reverend Canon Charles LaFond © 2013 Web-based read-a-long for St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas and others interested in a read-along manuscript on Rule of Life How this [Read the full story …]

This little light of mine

Posted on: March 14th, 2013 by

The early morning is the time in my life in which “the one thing” of which Jesus speaks to Mary and Martha is alive and well. Before the sun heralds the time in which our society demands productivity, contributions to the GNP and economic investments for growth and stability; there is time to … Continue [Read the full story …]

Prayer to open session for the House of Representatives

Posted on: March 6th, 2013 by
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Prayer to begin session for The State House of Representatives and Governor of New Hampshire March 6, 2013 The Rev. Canon Charles LaFond Canon for Congregational Life, The Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire “We begin with a time of stillness. Most of the spirituality on our planet agrees in the difference between silence and stillness. [Read the full story …]

A sermon about manure

Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by
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“If it bears fruit” What limited knowledge I have about the farm which I call my home and my pottery studio is that the soil is good soil. I have chickens and the hay from their stalls is fed directly into the vegetable gardens all year round. The bees which have hives on the Blackwater [Read the full story …]

OK! OK! So… a fat Pig, a Dowager Countess and a Syrian Saint enter this bar right? And the Pig says to the Countess….

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by

It turns out that toast fried in bacon fat has served me well in the spiritual life. Today’s reading from Homily Three of Isaac the Syrian taught me a new word. It comes from the Syriac term shapyutha and it means clearness, limpidity, transparency, serenity. For St. Isaac, the soul’s primordial state is … Continue [Read the full story …]


Posted on: February 23rd, 2013 by
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Someone asked me recently who I love and respect in the church as a mentor. I hate that question because the name which comes to my mind first (there are many I love and respect) is Paul Wessinger, SSJE. I hate the question because the answer I must give, to be truthful, recalls him … [Read the full story …]

Burning witches in Lent

Posted on: February 13th, 2013 by

Pet urns for cremains (the sealed repository ashes after cremation by fire) When midwives burn at the stake, one can see them for miles. In his Second Homily, Isaac the Syrian is speaking of mindfulness, though he would never use the word. He is … Continue reading the story “Burning witches in Lent”

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Posted on: February 6th, 2013 by
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Kai models the one needful thing in my office. In the fourth ascetical homily by St. Isaac the Syrian, he is instructing the follower in the life of prayer. He says “Persevere in reading while dwelling in stillness, that your mind may be drawn toward the … Continue reading the story “Read More About this [Read the full story …]


Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by

Dostoevsky twice mentions St. Isaac the Syrian in The Brother Karamazov and Christopher Columbus’ son took a translation of his homilies when traveling with his father as a companion. Outside of Orthodox Church circles, few know of him or his writings on Stillness and the spiritual life. A friend of mine, a modern hermit … [Read the full story …]