The Church Imperfect

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The Church Imperfect There’s an old Christmas carol, called, as far as I can tell, “Irish Carol,” whose chorus goes like this: In heav'n the Church triumphant adores with all her choirs The militant on earth with humble faith admires The carol was on an album produced by...

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The Sarcasm Font

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I’ve noticed, lately, an uptick in the injection of sarcastic remarks into dialogue on serious matters in our country.  Actually, more than an uptick—more like a flood.  How unfortunate!   What is sarcasm?  My online dictionary (via a Google search) defines...

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Fresh Starts, New Beginnings

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The mid-term elections are over; only a few votes remain to be counted, only a small number of races yet an issue.  If you’re like me at all, you have already let out a sigh of relief.  No more campaign ads, no more accusations, no more fear of talking with friends and neighbors...

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The Hard News

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Just home from a hospital visit with a beloved parishioner.  Early this morning, I felt a nudge, a push—get up and go to the hospital soon.  Off I went. I sat in the quiet room for a half hour.  Quiet prayers.  Thinking about this good man’s life; imagining him...

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Taking in the Spiritual Colors of Fall

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Dear Friends:   I've been the primary dog walker in our home the past few days.  Chloe walks in the morning and just after she eats her supper late in the afternoon.  As we "fell back" into Eastern Standard time, we've adjusted, Chloe and I, so that the afternoon walk comes just...

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The Path We Are To Follow

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Dear Friends:   Be imitators of Jesus.  What a bold challenge!  Be imitators of the One who is perfect.  Be imitators of the One whose mind is pure and purely compassionate.  Be imitators of the One whose courage exceeds our imagination of what it means to be...

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Reflections Upon Fall & Forgiveness

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Dear Friends:   Change is in the air.  I look out the window into the woods and see colors that were not there even yesterday.  The greens of last week are being replaced by yellows and oranges and reds; the beauty of these colors should not be ignored, even as we are conscious...

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Does God Love Some Children Less?

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Dear Friends:   This week--in the midst of a natural disaster of yet-unknown but epic proportion and on the heels of the still-simmering confrontation with evil that merely raised its ugly head at Charlottesville, Virginia--in the midst of matters that cry out for the attention of...

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“Things are more like they are today than they’ve ever been. “ 

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“Things are more like they are today than they’ve ever been. “  Yogi Berra at his best, stating the obvious but in a way that told an unseen truth.  Yes, Yogi could “say that twice today and mean it”.1 Things are more like they are today than they have...

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The Amazing Side of Things

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In messages over the past couple of weeks, I have referred to life as being both terrifying and amazing.  Life today presents us with great uncertainties, and there is much to fear if we choose to live our lives afraid.  Today, though, I was given the opportunity to experience the...

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