By Father David Fisher

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Want to learn more from different perspectives about our lessons? Soundings is a an opportunity for our Clergy to provide different insights into our readings and scripture. You may not always agree with the Clergy's interpretations. But that is why Soundings was created. To invite thoughtful discussion. You are welcome to email the author of each article to provide your comments. Welcome to Soundings!

Thank You

Each year our parish uses our namesake Trinity Sunday as an opportunity to raise funds for a unique need within our church and / or a special charity. This year donations were requested for replacement of vestments, which had become worn with long use, and RIP Medical Debt. RIP Medical Debt is a non-profit that accepts contributions to purchase medical debt for pennies on the dollar. Those who owed the debt then receive a letter informing them that the debt has been paid on their behalf by a named contributor. We chose this charity in part for its strong resonance with Christian forgiveness.

We collected a total of $13,888.00, with $7,795.50 going towards vestment replacement and $5,592.50 sent to RIP Medical Debt. Using guidelines provided by RIP Medical Debt, about $450,000 of medical debt, principally in Illinois, will be forgiven.

Thank you all for your generosity!

Augustine, Confessions

augustine“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.”

Trees Have a Lot to Teach Us

Parker J. Palmer writes: 

On Monday afternoon, a storm darkened the skies over my part of Wisconsin, bringing wind gusts up to 70 mph. A lot of big dead branches came down in my neighborhood, and a few large tree trunks were split clear to the ground. No one was injured but the mess was widespread, and lots of folks pitched in to help clean it up, as good neighbors do.

Read more: Trees Have a Lot to Teach Us

Hymn on Paradise

soundings 061822Such is the flowing brook of delights
that, as one tree takes leave of you,
the next one beckons you;
all of them rejoice
that you should partake of the fruit of one
and suck the juice of another,
wash and cleanse yourself 
in the dew of yet a third;
anoint yourself with the resin of one
and breath another’s fragrance,
listen to the song of still another.
Blessed is He who gave joy to Adam. 
[hymn IX, v. 6]
For the colors of Paradise are full of joy,
its scents most wonderful,
its beauties most desirable,
and its delicacies glorious.

– Ephrem of Edessa, aka "the Syrian" (306-373)
'Hymn On Paradise'