April 4: With God’s Help

Thank you for joining me on this 40 day journey of daily Lenten reflections.  When we began, Mother Emily encouraged me to commit to a daily discipline of writing, which has been far more intensive and far more gratifying than I ever imagined.  Thank you so much for your kind

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April 3: That is the Question

We’ll let the Bard ponder whether to be or not to be, just one big ontological headache if you ask me.  That’s not our question as we transition from the Lenten season, speaking of ontology for goodness’ sakes (Okay Lenten Reflection Self Editor here…we apologize for late night, rectoral, “he

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April 2: Soothing the Savage Beast

Spiritual habits come in all shapes and sizes….not all concern deprivation or some acrobatically ascetic practice.  For many right now, as well as for me, a good night’s sleep is as elusive and as salutary as any habit one could adopt.  And may I postulate soul comfort also?  Music has

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April 1: Good for the Soul

As we progress towards Holy Week, I am skipping the very tempting April Fool’s urge here due to our current moment to focus upon getting ready for next week.  Our final Lenten habit, one so familiar to Roman and Anglican Catholics and so odd to more Protestant and evangelical folk,

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March 31: Darkness

Well, it finally hit the other night.  This entire moment, the generational ramifications, the pain of losing work and pay for millions, my options for any retirement, the hard-earned fiscal reserves of our church over 20 years, the suffering of those both diagnosed with and those battling against the virus. 

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March 30: Catch and Release

So during this pre-Holy Week week we will be preparing ourselves for Holy Week itself, the Triduum and the Easter cycle of celebration itself.  And yes, we will be learning some new Easter vocabulary words as we move towards Easter and a surprise announcement regarding this Lenten reflection daily blog. 

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March 29: Riding the Fences

My mother was a multi-talented woman, and one of her many talents was serving as a prayer “warrior,” spiritual counselor and guide for others in the Christian life through trauma and pain.  She taught me a prayer technique for challenging times which came to mind this past week, and I

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March 28: The Other Book

Thank you for coming with me on that three day biblical journey, but today let’s consider our other book, the monumental Book of Common Prayer.  One need not be either Anglican (our umbrella term for any Christian anywhere) worshipping in the tradition of the Church of England or Episcopalian (the

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March 27: Technique

Reading the bible is different for me than reading any other book.  For me, the bible is primer, resource, encyclopedia, novel, companion, dissertation, love letter, adventure, gateway, mini-series, drama, history and personal journal…at least for starters!  So I approach the bible with awe, with curiosity, with innate trust, with reverence,

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March 26: A Strategic Epilogue to Yesterday

Yesterday I implored you to find, situate, open and read any bible you have in your possession.  Let’s refine that spiritual habit of bible reading a bit more strategically today.  Here are some resources and suggestions to make your bible reading fruitful and profitable… Daily!  A little bit every day! 

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