The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

"The Sacraments," St. Francis of Assisi

I was needing a little first-week-of-school pick-me-up, so I thumbed through my favorite book of poems and came across, of course, one of my favorite poems. It makes me smile to think of an old monk laughing with a squirrel on a park bench or something. So simple.

I once spoke to my friend, an old squirrel, about the sacraments--
he got so excited

and ran into a hollow in his tree
and came back holding some acorns, an owl feather,
and a ribbon he had found.

And I just smiled and said, "Yes, dear,
you understand:

everything imparts
His grace."

"We Own the Sky," M83

There is grace deep in the heart of Texas.