(Continued from Remember me.) No doubt, we all too often seek to tell our stories or have them told in such a way as to make ourselves heroes (earning the regard of others) or ‘martyrs’ (gaining the pity of others). Yet, we cannot stop telling stories. We are story tellers. The good creator God made us … More Called to tell our stories
(Continued from “Die Quietly”) In all fairness to Prince Hamlet, his “Tell my story,” captures a deep longing of the human heart. And while all such longings left to themselves become corrupt and perverse, they are often signs of something deeper, truer, better for which we were created. It is the way of the market … More Remember Me
(Continued from “You are Dust”) “Stop bleating.” Most sermons simply aren’t that memorable. Many are good, encouraging, helpful, instructive…but memorable? However, there was this series from Graham Cooke that I heard nearly 20 years ago that sticks with me to this day. In discussing our general lack of discernment he noted that many times we … More “Die quietly.”
…and to dust you shall return. That image of children huddled together on the front pew, looking towards the open doorway, eyes filled with growing panic, as young men crouch just inside then brave a look out once more…how close was that explosion…that image of Syrian Christians worshiping and wondering when they will be killed … More You are dust…
Historically, the Church in the wisdom of God has prescribed feasts as well as fasts. Practically speaking, the feast serves to remind us of freedom and of blessings…of the reality that “every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above” (James 1:17). Further feasts protect us from a certain type of spiritual morbidity … More A Reflection on Feasting
Every Sunday we experience the most amazing thing. The priest and deacon lift up the bread and wine–the body and blood of our Lord–and the priest declares, “the gifts of God for the people of God, take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your heart by faith with … More God’s good gifts: An introduction in retrospect
The headline was eye-grabbing. The Pope said a personal relationship with Jesus was dangerous. Certainly this is the sign we need to show us he is the anti-Christ…or at least the false prophet. It is sad, really. This gossip and bilge offered as journalism. The so-called Christian media is as guilty of slander and gossip … More The Pope, “Christian” Media, and the much neglected Spiritual gift.