All are invited on the eve of the national book release to A Service of Prayer & Blessing at 5:45 PM on Monday, February 1 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento. In this threshold moment, we will stand between the old day and the new as dusk falls; between the Feast of St. Brigid (midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox) and Candlemas when the Christ child of Luke’s 4th path is dedicated. In this ecumenical gathering we will dedicate the ancient four-fold pattern named Quadratos by Dr. Shaia to the purposes of God in our world. Our prayer is that the particular manifestation of this work at this time – and all who carry it – will be and bring blessing.
A Public Reception (with books for sale), also at Trinity, will follow at 6:30 PM. Dr. Shaia will be signing books at this special pre-release event.
As I thought about this Sunday’s gospel, I remembered a sign at a local church that I had seen a few weeks ago, “You may be the only bible people ever read.” As disciples of Jesus the Christ, we are called to embody the Good news. Luke asks us to take a step beyond saying that we love Jesus. He asks us to live our lives empowered by the same Spirit that drove Jesus into the desert and compelled him to proclaim the Good News, heal the sick, liberate the oppressed and to live as if all these things were already achieved.
You and I are the face of Christianity. What will people see when they look at us? Will they see the face of the Christ who loved without reservation and offered healing without counting the cost? As we move into a life of service, Luke reminds us that this part of our spiritual journey requires that we remain centered on the One who has sent us out. Very few will welcome the change that will come when we set out to do any of the work our baptism requires of us. Can we continue on this path with a calm and peaceful spirit? What will people see when the look at us?
A variety of voices are coming together to offer reflections on upcoming Sunday readings, church… More >
A variety of voices are coming together to offer reflections on upcoming Sunday readings, church seasons, ritual, prayer practices, art and creativity, and all sorts of other topics as they relate to The Journey of Quadratos. Our bloggers are preparing to start their discussions in earnest during February 2010. This is right around the February 2 release of the new book, The Hidden Power of the Gospels, by Alexander J. Shaia.
Our community of bloggers is made up of friends of quadratos from around the country, and we will bring you the latest news and reports on events as well as other resources. We look forward to sharing information and ideas with you, and to welcoming you into our ongoing discussions!
The Hidden Power of the Gospels, by Alexander J. Shaia, will be released by HarperOne on February… More >
The Hidden Power of the Gospels, by Alexander J. Shaia, will be released by HarperOne on February 2, 2010. While The Journey of Quadratos involves many elements, this book explores the journey as it relates to the four Christian gospels. Dr. Shaia also discusses the original communities for which the gospels were written and shares the significance of the development of the Three-Year Sunday gospel reading sequence.
The four progressive paths of quadratos correspond to the four gospels and the four great questions of the spiritual life –
First Path: How do we face change?
Climbing the Great Mountain of Matthew
Second Path: How do we move through suffering?
Crossing Mark’s Stormy Sea
Third Path: How do we receive joy?
Resting in John’s Glorious Garden
Fourth Path: How do we mature in service?
Walking Luke’s Road of Riches
The book is available now for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookseller. Also, check out the ninety-second YouTube video above featuring Alexander talking about the book.
Longtime quadratos friend Sandra Lommasson, founder and executive director of Bread of Life in… More >
Longtime quadratos friend Sandra Lommasson, founder and executive director of Bread of Life in Sacramento, California, recently posted this beautiful reflection called “Spirit Wants to Incarnate.” She mentions several quadratos principles and references the new book The Hidden Power of the Gospels. We hope that you will enjoy the reflection.