Mountaintop

Following my post on Monday about mountaintops, and not wanting to be all theory and no action….Joseph Pearce and I went up to Jones Gap in the mountains of North Carolina for a hike. Joseph is very fit, and younger than me, but I made it, and it was worth it…supposedly one of the finest [Read More...]

Mountain Top

One of the things I love about the story of the Transfiguration is that it is crammed with so much meaning. The fulfillment of the law and the prophets in Jesus Christ; the call to glory for the apostles and subsequently for each of us; the poignant truth that the glory Moses beheld at Sinai [Read More...]

For a Baptism

For a Baptism All the waters of the world are here.In this small bowl the rain falls, the dew rests, the strong river flows. Here the sea surges and sighs— opens the way to life and closes over in death. This bowl holds all the tears of joy and sorrow, all the sweat of work [Read More...]

Spiritual White Water

Our full time hospital chaplain was away for a few days, so I got the call to the intensive care unit of the hospital. A man on vacation fell from a waterfall up in the hills of North Carolina and had extensive head injuries. They only gave him a few more hours to live. They [Read More...]

The Magic Cookie?

My brother in law Jim said recently, “I find it hard to believe that the Catholics are the only ones with the magic cookie.” Overlooking the frivolity of the language, he expresses a common misunderstanding amongst non-Catholics. I guess what he means by his statement is that he thinks that the Lord is also really [Read More...]

The Altar Call

How well I remember the fundamentalist altar call. The preachers were clear: human beings were sinners separated from the love of God. Jesus died to forgive our sins. All we had to do was repent and believe the gospel. Then, “Every head bowed, every eye closed, nobody looking around.” The old hymn, “Just as I [Read More...]


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