O Jerusalem – Morning Prayer in Lent

KaddishOn the heels of the terrible slaughter of young students in Jerusalem, in our Morning Prayer for Friday, March 7, 2008 (Feast of Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs) we read:Antiphon 1: Create in me a clean heart and a steadfast spirit renew Psalm 51Psalm-prayer: Father, he who knew no sin was made sin for us, to save us and restore us to your friendship. Look upon our contrite heart and afflicted spirit and heal our troubled conscience, so that in the joy and strength of the Holy … [Read more...]

Lent: Peter & the Gates of Hell

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly … [Read more...]

Lent: the searing lesson

This trembling mystery: love cannot exist without pain.Love brings the pain; it lets pain in. The key to all that makes us vulnerable. And alive.And hurt.And alive.Pain can exist without love, but not the reverse.All creation is loved into being. Did that make the Creator vulnerable, too?At the Incarnation, God-with-us came helpless, for us, with us, to us.The reassuring love...But did Christ also need to come to tell us God hurt?To show us the hurt, and … [Read more...]

Lent: Thought for the Day

Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent)In order to arrive at having pleasure in everything, Desire to have pleasure in nothing. In order to arrive at possessing everything, Desire to possess nothing. In order to arrive at being everything, Desire to be nothing. In order to arrive at knowing everything, Desire to know nothing.In order to arrive at that point where you take no pleasure, you must go by a way that gives no pleasure. In order to arrive at that point where you know nothing, you must go by … [Read more...]

Lent: Disciplining oneself; the hardest thing…

(link)While all the runners in the stadium take part in the race, the award goes to one man. In that case, run so as to win! Athletes deny themselves all sorts of things. They do this to win a crown of leaves that withers, but we a crown that is imperishable. I do not run like a man who loses sight of the finish line. I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. What I do is discipline my own body and master it, for fear that after having preached to others, I myself should be rejected. - 1 … [Read more...]

What a smile!

Deacon Greg get his hands on the best picturesFrom Ash Wednesday: … [Read more...]

The Worst Thing About Ash Wednesday

It's always the sermon.I don't know what it is with priests, but they just don't get it. Without a laughtrack or a commentator or a jumbotron we only have a four-minute attention span, and they keep insisting on giving us 10-12 minutes, even on Ash Wednesday at 5 PM when people tired and thinking about supper and the kids are getting cranky.Yes, I did the 5PM service today. Just a Service of the Word, not a mass, and it was packed. And the priest - a wonderful, holy man, extremely … [Read more...]