The year end reviews and assessments are underway. You can read them in the op eds and on social media. You can hear them in the conversations we share with one another and in the silence of our own hearts. Was 2017 a good year or a bad year? It depends, I guess, on who is asking and about what. What will 2018 bring? There … Continue reading A New Year’s Day Reflection: 2017, Good Or Bad?
Elie Wiesel tells the following story in his book, The Gates of the Forest: When the great Rabbi Israel Baal Shem-Tov saw misfortune threatening the Jews it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to meditate. There he would light a fire, say a special prayer, and the miracle would be accomplished and the misfortune averted. Later, when his disciple, … Continue reading Tell the Story
With the First Sunday in Advent the Marian hymn following compline changed from the Salve Regina to the Alma Redemptoris Mater. This will be used until the Feast of the Presentation. There are two concluding collects: one for the Season of Advent one that is used from Christmas Eve until the Presentation. The Commonweal blog has a thoughtful reflection on use of the Alma Redemptoris Mater. Loving … Continue reading Alma Redemptoris Mater
The collect and readings for today, the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 19A, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 18:21-35. Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. “For this … Continue reading Infinite Forgiveness – A Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35, Proper 19A
The collect and readings for today, Proper 13A, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost may be found here. The Old Testament reading, Genesis 32:22-31 , serves as the basis for the sermon below. The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, … Continue reading Crossing the Jabbok – A Sermon on Genesis 32:22-31 (Jacob Wrestling), Proper 13A
The Jesus Prayer lies at the core of ancient Christianity. Although it has been preserved primarily in the churches and monasteries of the Christian East, it is a universal prayer of and for all Christians; lay or ordained, Eastern or Western, monk or married. A beautiful and inspiring movie by Dr. Norris Chumley and Fr. John McGuckin, The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer, now makes … Continue reading The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer – A Brief Review
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Today, January 27, marks World Holocaust Day, a day that we are to be intentional about remembering the victims and lives that have been forever changed not only by the Holocaust but also by the subsequent genocides throughout the world. It is not enough to remember these people and events as history, something or someone from the past. We must remember as a present reality, … Continue reading World Holocaust Day – We Must Remember….
Once a man who was considered to be wise approached St. Anthony and asked him, “How do you ever manage to carry on, Father, deprived as you are of the consolation of books?” St. Anthony replied, “My book, sir philosopher, is the nature of created things, and it is always at hand when I wish to read the words of God.” (Evagrius Ponticus, The Praktikos, … Continue reading Required Reading: The Book of Created Things, Written By The Gulf Oil Spill