Date: January 27, 2021
As Lent looms, plenty of rectors will be thinking about what resources they might want to offer to their parish. So yesterday, I was delighted to receive in the mail a copy of A Path to Wholeness: A Lenten Companion by the Rev. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. ’92. I want to recommend this book to any rector searching for a resource to recommend to their parish.
There is a delicious feel and pace to the book. Each meditation comes with a passage of Scripture, a beautifully worded meditation, and a concluding prayer. Taken seriously, the devotion read slowly in a space of deep prayer takes ten to fifteen minutes; so, it is manageable, yet very profound. Russ brings himself into these meditations. Often a memory, often a personal observation, sometimes an anecdote means that the reader’s own experience is connected with the author. The result is this lovely feeling of being a fellow pilgrim with Russ in the journey of discipleship.
Russ has been at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church for the last twelve years and has been an ordained priest for thirty years. He was formed at Virginia Theological Seminary. And as I engaged afresh with this pastor and priest who wants all those he meets to grow into a deeper relationship with Christ, I was impressed. Thank you Russ for your ministry, and thank you for letting VTS be a place that formed you for ministry.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President