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Deacon’s Dismissal

Never war

“Never war, never war. Please stop. I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!” These are the words of Pope Francis, spoken this week, about the terrible, ongoing conflict in the Middle East. We do not often hear ‘words from the heart’ but these words are precisely that, a plaint,…

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Four loves

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a Cistercian monk, lived one thousand years ago. Among other writings, Bernard wrote of the Four Loves. Therein, an understanding of our passage to the fourth stage of love, the love of self that God intends for us all: Loving yourself for your own sake. Loving God for your own sake….

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Influence

My father told me stories. I do not know where they came from, whether tales he heard, his own inventions, or stories from his own life. I wish I could ask him…. A schoolboy was summoned by the principal to come to the school with his mother. The principal said to the mother, “Your son…

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Lottery tickets

There is an old joke about a man who prays daily, “God! Please, please, let me win the lottery! Please!” This goes on for years until, one night, kneeling by his bed, praying to win the lottery, the thunderous voice of God cries out, “At least buy a ticket!” And so we go into the…

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Coffee hour

Every week at coffee hour, years ago in another church, a man would pour himself a cup, take a few cookies and sit at an empty table. I figured him a curmudgeon and thought it a kindness to sit with him. We had a delightful conversation and then, at last, I asked him why he…

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Telephone

As a boy, I spent time with my grandmother. In her hallway, a small wooden stand with a rotary dial telephone. When it rang, the first and second ring elicited no response from Grandma. On the third or fourth ring, she set aside her reading or knitting … Fifth …. Sixth ring, she levered herself…

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Windows

I live in an apartment. My windows all face east. There is no view to the west. Storms and clouds, wind and rain, the brightening sky after the rain, all are blown across the land by the west wind. Most days, I see from my windows not what is coming, but what already is. “The…

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Hectic

In this week’s New Yorker, an article titled “No Time … How Did We Get So Busy?” We have so much to do, so little time. How might we slow down, find time to think, to do nothing, to journal, meditate, keep watch or simply pray? Beautiful – and very short – Daily Devotions for…

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Reflect

Among the rich traditions of our Episcopal Church is the Daily Office, prayers and scripture for family and personal devotions. In The Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 934, readings from scripture are set out for every day of the week, in a two year cycle. The pamphlet Day by Day lists the scripture…

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Signs

I have been driving through Kentucky and Tennessee, reading signs and billboards as I go. A sign in front of a church said: “Spring is here and God is all around us!” I wanted to turn around and add an asterisk to that sign: “God was here all winter, too!” I kept driving. Then I…

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