New Life Episcopal Church

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Deacon’s Dismissal

Our Lady of Knock

In Dublin, with time to spare, a friend invited me to Castlebar in County Mayo. Early next morning I made my way to the station. I found the County Mayo train. On an empty car, I pulled my hat low and fell asleep. Then, as if in a dream, the car filled with nuns. Black…

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Letters

My Dad was up at 5 a.m., sitting at the kitchen table, coffee percolating on the stove, writing letters and postcards to all manner and condition of people. When I left home, he wrote to me often, about the weather and this and that. I have those cards and letters somewhere in a box and…

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Communion

In my twenties, I took my first fearful step into an Episcopal Church. I liked the pew at the back. I liked the Book of Common Prayer and the music was OK. And nice windows. But what was this Communion business, anyway? When it was that time, I stayed in my seat. Once at a…

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Laundromat

It was cold out and I had the heater turned way up on that old Plymouth Fury police cruiser. Round and round the village I went, a quiet night until I chanced to stop by the laundromat. A man sat on a milk crate, his bare legs sticking out from a poncho he had pulled…

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Stamps

My father bought extras stamps at the post office and kept them for their history and their beauty … hundreds of tiny, engraved images of America’s past. These stamps are mine now, though I did not know quite what to do with them … 10 cent Bicentennial, 8 cent Lyndon B. Johnson, 13 cent Alexander…

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Mailbox

When Fred was a boy, his father caught him loafing on a Saturday. Fred was handed a paintbrush and a soup can half full of paint and sent street-side to paint the mailbox. That rusty mailbox began to look pretty good so Fred painted the neighbor’s mailbox. Fred became a professional painter but he’s retired…

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Thanksgiving

The Magic of Thanksgiving: The table is set with crystal and silver, dessert on the sideboard, fixings and trimmings all in their place. A joyful family gives a hearty Amen! to the prayer offered by Grandpa. The kitchen door swings wide, Grandma enters holding a perfect turkey on a platter. Another step, her slipper catches…

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Stone Soup

Stone Soup: A traveler comes into a gathering of hungry people sitting around a fire. “Put water in a pot and I will make Stone Soup!” The water boils and the man adds the stone. “Good … but if only we had a few carrots, it would excel!” Someone has carrots and they are added….

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Boat

A father wanted to teach his young son to sail a boat. The boy sat in the little boat while his father, standing in the water, explained the workings. A gentle breeze came up, and, without a word, the father let go and the boat drifted off. The boy sat motionless. His father called to…

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Downtown

I found a downtown hotel right around the corner from where I needed to be the next morning. The desk clerk put down his paper, “Help you?” The lobby wasn’t much: Stale cigarette smoke, sagging furniture, a fluorescent tube that flickered and died while I stood there. I asked the clerk, “Is this hotel safe?”…

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