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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. Continue reading “Spring Retreat: The Spirituality of Food”

Feasting and Fasting in Time

Editor: Please enjoy another guest post by Brazos Fellow Savannah Anne Carman.

My parents instilled a sense of propriety in my siblings and I. This sense of propriety manifested itself in family rules, such as not playing Christmas songs before Thanksgiving, as well as in my parents’ method of discipline. “Is this the place?” my mom or dad would ask when we were acting out. The reminder to remember “timing” formed a lasting disposition of respect: There is a time for giving and receiving, as during Christmas, but there is also a time for gratitude, and my parents wanted us to give each practice its due time. I was reminded of this when the Brazos Fellows recently finished our unit on Christianity and the Body. Our readings included sayings by the Desert Fathers and St. Basil the Great’s On Fasting and Feasts. Contrary to popular belief, the desert Fathers’ primarily concern was not sex, but rather food. They believed that the first sin was “ravenous greed,” and thus set to order their desires, and first and foremost their desire for food.

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Highlights from the Brazos Fellows Fall Retreat

This past weekend, the Brazos Fellows enjoyed a wonderful retreat at Cedarbrake Renewal Center. Our theme was “Speaking to God: Christian Life and the Habits of Prayer,” and Fr. Nicholas Krause led us in several excellent sessions on the theology and patterns of prayer. The weekend held lots of time for silence and rest (we believe that retreats should be, well, retreats!) as well as good food and conversation. Enjoy perusing these photos from our time together: