At my home parish, on Palm Sunday we usually divvy up the parts in the Passion narrative from Matthew. It is a long reading — almost two chapters — and it keeps everyone engaged far more than listening to a lay reader drone on for 10 minutes. Each part in the Passion is assigned to … Continue reading Playing the part of Judas
In my sophomore year of high school I tried out for the play “Up the Down Staircase,” by Christopher Sergel, based on the book by Bel Kaufman. I did not expect much from the casting. In my high school years I was, to put it mildly, uptight. Straight-laced. Prudish. Moralistic. Narrow-minded. Stick in the mud. … Continue reading The roles we play
During this season of Lent, many of you may still be doing your taxes, or maybe recently finished your taxes. And, we often quip that taxes — our paying what is due to Caesar — is one of the two great certainties in this life. The other, of course, is death. For many — perhaps … Continue reading “Memento mori” — Finding life in the valley of bones
Service of Noonday Prayer, March 29, 2020, the Fifth Sunday in Lent
A few years back I lost my job. It was a good job, with good stability and benefits. And then, one day, it was gone. I soon was recruited for a position in sales. This was a new undertaking for me, and one with which I wasn’t really comfortable. But, I needed a job fast, … Continue reading Walking away from our golden calves
If you had the chance to step outside your door today and find Christ -- to really stand in his presence -- would you take it? If we call ourselves Christian, would we not go to great lengths, undergo great trials, to stand before Christ? How much more, then, should we seek him if he’s … Continue reading Finding Christ in those left behind
Noonday Prayer for the Feat of the Annunciation Readings for this service can be found here.
It’s never a good idea when I try to take a shortcut in the car. At some point in the late 1990s, when driving from Newport, R.I. to Delaware, I was certain I had a good shortcut to shave some time off my trip. Somehow, I ended up driving through Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan … Continue reading There are no shortcuts to the Kingdom
There’s a great scene — it may be the only good scene — in the 1976 comedy “The Gumball Rally,” about an illegal coast-to-coast car race. Italian race car driver Franco, played by Raul Julia, tells his racing partner (in a horribly exaggerated Italian accent): “And now my friend, the first-a rule of Italian driving.” … Continue reading Life with God isn’t in the rear view mirror
Anointing in prayer
One of my favorite parts of visiting nursing home residents and those in need on the street is offering them the Sacrament of Unction. Also known as Ministration to the Sick, or simply prayer and anointing, the Sacrament of Unction is one of the seven Sacraments of the Church, and it is a sacred time … Continue reading Anointing in the power of prayer
With all the church closings, the quarantines and perhaps a little more time stuck in the house than we’d like, it can be easy to lose touch with our spiritual center. I admit, I suffered no shortage of dismay when the church doors closed. But, this is a good time to reflect on how we … Continue reading Finding divinity in the drudgery of isolation
I grew up the son of a State Trooper. I served as a Naval Officer. And I served as a reserve sheriff’s deputy. It is fair to say, I’ve always had a healthy respect for the law. And, as a Christian, I -- like so many others -- have spent a great deal of time … Continue reading Seeing through the lens of Love
Sorry for the lighting on this one. But, it was Noonday Prayer, and we had a good turnout from some folks who wouldn't otherwise have had it. God is good and so are you.
When you think of finding ultimate wisdom, the meaning of life, the path to inner peace — pick your euphemism — there is a beyond-cliche image that comes to mind, and that gets played out over and over in movies, spoofs and marketing: the seeker makes an arduous climb, at risk of life and limb, … Continue reading Humility and the power of the servant girl