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.
As is usually the case we had baptisms on Pentecost Sunday. I love the way the baptismal liturgy preserves scriptural truths. It was particularly visible this year because one of the candidates for baptism was the grandchild of our deacon, so the deacon performed the baptism. But our Priest completed the rite with Chrismation–marking the … More The Holy Spirit and Baptism
Jude tells us: Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, … More We have received the Spirit of God
I know it is popular now for Christians to criticize the church…sadly has been so for a number of years. Oddly enough, I seldom recognize the thing that the self-appointed prophets so readily berate. What they describe has never been my experience. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naive. Jesus told us that the enemy … More Thankful for the Church
Jesus Christ is the active, living, present, complete Word of God. In Him dwells all the fullness of God. He is the revelation of God, and as John the Baptist said He came to immerse us in the Holy Spirit and fire in order that we may “grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head” (Ephesians 4:15).
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