Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Eucharist As Presence and Present To The World

We come once again to the time of the Eucharist. At my church, we remember/celebrate this act once a month. Usually it’s the first Sunday, but since next Sunday, there is no service. We are canceling our Sunday service to go out as the Body of Christ and extend our faith in Our Lord Jesus …

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To Console

Grant that I may not so much seek, to be consoled as to console I am preparing a class on the St. Francis prayer. This prayer while not necessarily straight from St. Francis is a portrait of the life he led. This was his life. From the moment he saw his first vision until his …

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The Grace Of Wonder

The love of God is not some theological construct that helps one sleep at night. Not a security blanket that helps one get out of bed and face the world. It’s the ultimate reality at the nub of the universe. It’s the heart of everything. My knowing that God is love and that God, the …

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I Am Pro-Life

I am Pro-life. I believe life is more than birth and extends beyond the grave. I have not the slightest clue how or what life beyond this life will be like, but I trust that my life will go on. That there is more and to this more our life steadily moves towards. We have …

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I Am Liberal; I Am Christian

Here, I go again. I’m going to burst bubbles and shock people, upset people, and speak my mind. I am a liberal. I am open to progress or reform in political or religious life. I believe that there is truth in every religion and my hope is that God’s grace extends beyond the boundaries of the Christian Religion. I believe in complete personal …

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Books I’ve Read

I am leading a 4-week class in May called ‘Living Prayer’ about the prayer of St. Francis, so I thought I would highlight this month the books I used to prepare for this class.The preparation has been exciting, fun, and instructive. It has taken me down many roads and side streets leading me into all …

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What Does It Means To Be An Instrument Of Peace?

I have been preparing a  class on the St. Francis Prayer. This has been exciting, fun, and instructive. It has taken me down many roads and side streets leading into all sorts of places and thoughts. I thought of doing the class in one way than some new insight would strike me leading to change …

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Just Read The Bible

I think we should just pick up the bible and read. Don’t worry about reading it the right way or coming away with an orthodox belief. Don’t worry about not reading it the way some religion would have you read. Read for the story, poetry, teachings, and parables. This book we call holy writ will …

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My Favorite Books

I love books! I don’t go anywhere without one and I have said, “I feel naked without a book.” This week (April 8-14, 2012) is National Library Week, I thought to celebrate I would post my thoughts on my favorite books, authors, and experiences at the library. As an opening gambit, I am going to …

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Affirming Jesus Is Lord

We can affirm ‘Jesus is Lord’ with our mouth, while at the very same time deny and reject him with our actions. When we don’t bring love to hate, joy to sadness, light to darkness, and fail to be instruments of the peace of God we deny the very thing we affirm with our lips. …

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