Are You Getting Warmer Or Colder? – An All Saints Sermon On Luke 6:20-31

Blessings and woes. “Blessed are you.” "Woe to you.” What do you make of all that? I think it’s easy to hear the blessings and woes in today’s gospel (Luke 6:20-31) as rewards and punishments or as a categorization of…

All Things Are Being Made New – A Sermon For All Saints’ Sunday On John 11:32-44

Mary said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  The thing that strikes me about Mary in today’s gospel (John 11:32-44) is that she wants something different from the life she has. She wants something…

Life In The Deserted Place – A Sermon On Mark 1:29-39

Jesus got up early, while it was still very dark, and left the security of the house to go to this deserted place, this wilderness place. My guess is that nobody wants to go to that place and yet we’ve all been there. I wonder what your deserted place is today. What parts of your life are dry, barren, empty, and desolate?

Pray For Us St. Francis

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Celebrating St. Gregory the Great

Today, March 12, is the feast of St. Gregory the Great also known, especially in the East, as St. Gregory the Dialogist because he wrote a book entitled The Dialogues in which he extolled the Italian saints. Gregory served as…

He and Us – Thoughts on the Nativity from St. Ambrose

  “He was a baby, a child, so that you may become a complete, mature person. He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, so that you might be freed from the bonds of death. He was in a manger, so that…

Oscar Romero – In Life and Death his Blood was “a Seed of Freedom.”

“A bishop will die, but the Church which is the people will never perish.” Those words of Archbishop Oscar Romero proved prophetic. He was shot to death on March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass at a chapel near his cathedral. The…

We Need a Moses in Every Age

Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love,…

The Feast of Thomas Merton

Interrupting the Silence

Today, December 10, we remember, celebrate, and give thanks for the life and resurrection of Thomas Merton. This is a new and welcome commemoration to the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church as set forth in Holy Women, Holy Men – Celebrating the Saints. The date of this commemoration marks the anniversary of Merton’s death. While attending an international conference on Buddhist and Christian monasticism in Bangkok, Thailand he was accidentally electrocuted on December 10, 1968.

There is much that could be said about Merton. Rather than talking or writing about Merton we may be better served to simply listen to him:

  • “It is in the ordinary duties and labors of life that the Christian can and should develop his spiritual union with God. (Life and Holiness)
  • If we are called to holiness of life, and if holiness is beyond our natural power too achieve (which it…

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