Br. Jim Woodrum

1 Peter 2:2-10

Those of you who have had an opportunity to stay with us here at the monastery or have had an occasion to join us for a Sunday meal know that I am a foodie.  I enjoy cooking and eating all kinds of food, but most I most especially have a passion for southern cooking.  While I love living here in New England and jump at an occasion to enjoy a Lobster Roll or warm up with a bowl of chowder, one of the things that I miss the most are the tastes of home.  And so on the Sundays when I volunteer to cook lunch, I more often than not will cook food with a southern flair:  Chicken Fried Shortribs, a variety of greens wilted in a homemade bacon jam, and classic peach cobbler a la mode is just one of the many meals you may experience when I’m in the kitchen.  Read More

Acts 7:55-60;
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16;
1 Peter 2:2-10;
John 14:1-14

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” [John 14:1].  “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid”, he says a little later. [John 14: 27]  Words of comfort to the disciples at the Last Supper.  We would surely prefer to not be troubled or afraid, but the world we live in gives us plenty to be troubled about and afraid of.  If we’re not troubled or afraid, at least sometimes, we’re not paying attention.  Read More