Spring Retreat: The Spirituality of Food

Two weeks ago, the Brazos Fellows traveled down to Cedarbrake Renewal Center in Belton, TX, for our spring retreat. Our theme was “The Spirituality of Food,” and we spent a wonderful weekend together: discussing Walker Percy, Fr. Robert Farrar Capon, and Norm Wirzba, collecting wild herbs on our hike across the property, watching the classic film, Babette’s Feast, and, of course, much cooking and eating.

“Man’s real work is to look at the things of the world and to love them for what they are. That is, after all, what God does, and man was not made in God’s image for nothing. The fruits of his attention can be seen in all the arts, crafts, and sciences. It can cost him time and effort, but it pays handsomely. If an hour can be spent on one onion, think how much regarding it took on the part of that old Russian who looked at onions and church spires long enough to come up with St. Basil’s Cathedral.”

–Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection

“Grace, my friends, demands nothing from us but that we shall await it with confidence and acknowledge it in gratitude. Grace, brothers, makes no conditions and singles out none of us in particular; grace takes us all to its bosom and proclaims general amnesty. See! That which we have chosen is given us, and that which we have refused is, also and at the same time, granted us. Ay, that which we have rejected is poured upon us abundantly. For mercy and truth have met together, and righteousness and bliss have kissed one another!”

–Isak Dinesen, Babette’s Feast