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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

Bearing False Witness

Bearing False Witness Rodney Stark, a prodigious and ground breaking church historian with no deeply held faith, has researched the growth of the early church, the role of friendship groups in affiliation and conversion and much else. Out of the fruit of a lifetime of historical study he has taken aim at the calumnies constantly alleged against the Christian Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church.  Have you ever heard that the Christian Church suppressed scholarly

June 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Tandoori and the Quran

Tandoori and the Quran On our second day in New York we had take out from a new Indian restaurant on Madison Ave, Bawarchi. Lovely Chicken Tikka Masala (the national dish of England), lamb vindaloo (which I didn’t dare touch) and wonderful Muligtawany Soup. (Yes, that is how they spell it.) The restaurant advertised that it was “Halal”, the Islamic equivalent of Kosher. Many “Indian” restaurants are, often serving neither beef nor pork so as

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Lord, increase our faith!

Lord, increase our faith! In last Sunday’s Gospel, the disciples exclaim to Jesus, “Lord, increase our faith.” Most of us have cried that prayer many times. Here are some specific ways to help our faith grow. Pray for it. Practice faith in small things Keep a record, a journal of God’s faithfulness Keep company with faithful people in the church Read scripture daily Receive Holy Communion often   As we do these things our faith,

October 8th, 2016|0 Comments

There are two seas in Palestine

There are two seas in Palestine We are heading home today. Here is a meditation on the seas of the Jordan River that someone shared with us on our Pilgrimage.  There are two seas in Palestine. One is fresh, and fish are in it. Splashes of green adorn its banks. Trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its healing waters... The Sea of Galilee receives but does not

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Jerusalem & Qumran

Jerusalem & Qumran On this our last day we visited the Second Temple Model. This 50:1 scale model, covering nearly one acre, allows us to see how all the pieces fit together and how close everything was. Pilate and his soldiers overlooked the Temple compound. The city gate out to Golgotha was just down the street. Have a look here and get a sense of what we have been experiencing.  At the same Israel Museum

September 26th, 2016|0 Comments


Jerusalem Today was the powerful climax of our wonderful pilgrimage. At 5:00 am, the city still quiet and still, we walked the Via Dolorosa, the original Stations of the Cross. We have documented evidence for Christians walking this walk from the fourth century when Christianity was first free to express itself fully in public. The Church in Jerusalem marked the places of Christ’s passion and prayed and worshiped at them. Here is a link from

September 26th, 2016|0 Comments
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