Welcome to The Daily Feast where we connect Saints, Soups, and Sustainable Living! Each day of the year is the “anniversary” of millions of ordinary and extra-ordinary events or encounters in which our ancestors experienced the Presence of Mystery, the Power of Love, the Beauty and Wonder of Life. The sacred calendars of every religious and spiritual tradition invite us to remember, rehearse and realize each day, the depth and richness present in the NOW.
The Daily Feast has three parts:
Praying the Feast—where Sunrise and Sunset are celebrated with Morning and Evening Prayer [a hymn, psalm, reading, canticle and brief prayer] that honor the memory and integrate the wisdom of those whose lives and deaths marked each day of the year. We hope to provide at least an audio recording for each day. When possible, the texts will also be available for those who wish to read silently or sing along with the cantor.
Living the Feast—where Soups (and other recipes) associated with the feast or season, and Sustainable-living practices appropriate to the day, season, weather, or point in the agricultural cycle (in Madison, Wisconsin) are shared with our readers. You can’t celebrate a feast without “feasting” – giving thanks and sharing the gifts of the day.
Making the Connections—is a series of essays, poems, “sermons,” presentations, suggested readings or links, to help experience the interconnections of the people or events remembered on this “feast” and our efforts to live more sustainably, reduce our carbon footprints, walk more gently on Mother Earth and live more simply so that other people and species may simply live.
We pray this will nourish your hearts and souls, and strengthen your resolve to join the struggle for the healing of society, culture, and this beautiful planet we call “Earth.”
John Kenneth Leonard, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, where he teaches courses in Spirituality, Eco-Spirituality, Christian Liturgy, Liberation Theologies, and Catholic Social Teaching. Although The Daily Feast is technically his “Sabbatical Project” for the Spring Semester of 2014, it was launched at Sunset on November 30th, on time for the celebration of Evening Prayer I of the First Sunday of Advent with which the the Liturgical Year begins.
This website was designed by Fr. Scott Steinkerchner, OP, who is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Edgewood College and web-designer or web-master for many Dominican communities throughout the world.