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Order, Order! A Meditation on the Glory of Order in God’s Creation

January 25, 2016 5 Comments
Order, Order! A Meditation on the Glory of Order in God’s Creation

In a series of two posts I would like to ponder the glory of something we call order. I do this more in the form of a meditation than a treatise. Some may argue that I am oversimplifying complex philosophical concepts. That may be true, but I am a pastor not an academic. And though […]

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Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article “Assigned” to Me

January 24, 2016 8 Comments
Defining Ministry or Muddling It? A Reflection on an Article “Assigned” to Me

Recently one of my readers sent me a collection of sayings or proverbs on the topic of ministry. The collection is entitled Defining Ministry. The reader, who apparently does not think I follow modern trends very well, scolded me for being out-of-touch and recommended that I review the list. That reader apparently believes that those […]

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On The Wonder of the Word of God – A Homily for the Third Sunday of the Year

January 23, 2016 1 Comment
On The Wonder of the Word of God – A Homily for the Third Sunday of the Year

The gospel for this Sunday is continued next week, so I will postpone the analysis of it until then. Instead, I will focus on the first reading, from Nehemiah 8. It is a wonderful meditation on the glory and wonder of the Word of God and it deserves our attention. The background of the text […]

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God in Winter – Finding God in the Falling Snow

January 22, 2016 3 Comments
God in Winter – Finding God in the Falling Snow

It’s snowing today in Washington, D.C. and I had a beautiful walk coming back from the March for Life this afternoon. Tonight I will enjoy another walk through the winter wonderland. Not everyone likes snow but it is an amazing work of God. He takes a barren winter landscape and creates it anew. I can […]

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The Miracle of Life

January 21, 2016 1 Comment
The Miracle of Life

We march today in cold weather and with snow bearing down on the area. The coldest march I ever endured was back in 1985 when the temperature was 4 degrees and there were 15 inches of snow on the ground. It was so cold that year that Reagan’s second inaugural on the previous day had […]

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“Everyone Is Looking for You” – A Meditation on a Short Sentence from Scripture

January 20, 2016 4 Comments
“Everyone Is Looking for You” – A Meditation on a Short Sentence from Scripture

There is a brief line in the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel that simply and completely sums up what we all are doing, even if we’re not aware of it. The setting of the passage is the outskirts of Capernaum in the early morning. The prior day Jesus had healed a great many people at […]

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What is Mystery?

January 19, 2016 0 Comments
What is Mystery?

In the secular world a “mystery” is something that baffles us or eludes understanding, something that lies undisclosed. And the usual response of the world to a mystery is to resolve it, to get to the bottom of if, to uncover it. Mysteries must be overcome! The riddle, the “whodunit,” must be solved! In the […]

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“I Am Ground, Like a Grain of Wheat” – A Reflection on the Paradoxical Passion of St. Bernadette

January 18, 2016 2 Comments
“I Am Ground, Like a Grain of Wheat” – A Reflection on the Paradoxical Passion of St. Bernadette

The life of St. Bernadette Soubirous was steeped in paradox and irony. She was the chosen visionary of our Lady at Lourdes and was to bring forth, by heavenly guidance, a spring that would bring miraculous healing to thousands. Yet Bernadette herself was beset with health problems that would cause her dreadful suffering. Her quiet […]

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