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Our Lady of Walsingham

  Fr. Bill Faupel recently introduced us to Christian pilgrimage by sharing his pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, the principal Anglican shrine of Mary. My Pilgrimage to Walsingham I got on the bus with a sense of excitement. I was certain this trip would turn out to be a great adventure.   It was my last year in England.   I was making a pilgrimage to Walsingham.  For those of you who

July 10th, 2019|Comments Off on Our Lady of Walsingham

The Gerasene Demoniac: Possessed and set free

Luke 8:26-39 Just before today’s Gospel Jesus had been teaching the crowds on the west side of the Sea of Galilee. He decides to set out for the east side of the Lake. On the way there is that terrible storm that Jesus calms with his word. His disciples, in exhausted terror exclaim, “Who is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him!” So they arrive in this country of the Gerasenes, opposite

June 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on The Gerasene Demoniac: Possessed and set free

A Christian Code of Ethics for Using Social Media

Social media does not always bring out the best in us and our reactions do not always measure up to the highest standards of truth and charity (see Ephesians 4:15). Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) offers this Christian Code of Ethics for Using Social Media to help us do better. (With thanks to ACNA for permission to share this.) Five Questions From Archbishop Foley Beach to Ask Before I Press

March 25th, 2019|Comments Off on A Christian Code of Ethics for Using Social Media

The Ten Commandments and Examination of Conscience

This is a "sermon" I preached on Lent 2, March 10, 2019 using the framework of the Ten Commandments as an examination of conscience. You know the 10 Commandments? From the time of the Reformation until the early 20th century, our church said, “Read the Ten Commandments every time you celebrate the Eucharist.” The strength of that was we all knew what they were – we could recite them readily and they do provide a

March 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on The Ten Commandments and Examination of Conscience

Tree of Life Synagogue Attack

On Saturday a lone gunman attacked the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing eleven worshippers and injuring six other people. There are far too many attacks on innocent victims in our country and they are endemic around the world. As Americans and as Christians, however, we have a particular responsibility when the victims are Jews. Our country, having marginalized Jews and rejected refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, was among the nations that

October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Tree of Life Synagogue Attack

Suffering: Meditating on Mark 7:24-37

1. Human suffering involves many factors that often get all mixed up. Jesus shows by this teaching and example that suffering comes into our lives. In itself, it is not from God but as Paul says, God works for good in everything for those who love him. 2. God hates human suffering. He wants to “wipe away every tear from (our) eyes.” (Revelation 21:4) Every time Jesus is faced with someone who is sick or

October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Suffering: Meditating on Mark 7:24-37

Praying the Weekly Collects

During Jesus' earthly ministry, his disciples came to him and said, “Teach us to pray”. And he gave them the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father, as a fixed form of prayer for them to pray together, and to repeat, over and over again. And, as so many of us know, repeating it, over and over again, allows that prayer to enter deeply into our hearts and souls. Well, the Church, the Body of Christ, our

August 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Praying the Weekly Collects

Suffering

Human suffering involves many factors that often get all mixed up.  1. Jesus shows by this teaching and example that suffering comes into our lives. In itself, it is not from God but as Paul says, God works for good in everything for those who love him.  2. Sometimes hardship, suffering, is necessary in order to accomplish our purpose. (The bleeding fingers of a novice guitarist?) Jesus of course is the paradigmatic example – suffering

August 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Suffering

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Of all the saints, Mary seems to be the one who touches us the deepest, right in the heart.  I think that’s because in Mary we see the fullness of the Gospel.  We see one of us: our Sister, our Mother, full of love for God, full of the grace of God, filled with the Spirit of God, and therefore able to bring Christ into the World.   And, we want to be like her –

August 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on The Blessed Virgin Mary

May grace and peace be yours in abundance.

May grace and peace be yours in abundance. In my reading and meditation last week I cam across St. Peter’s first letter to his churches – and through them to The Church. He writes, “May grace and peace be yours in abundance.” (verse 2). This is his prayer of blessing for them: “May grace and peace be yours in abundance.” This led me to pray the same prayer for St. Mary’s, for my friends and

June 5th, 2017|0 Comments
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