Redeeming Suffering

Suffering is part of human life.  Each of us will suffer at some point in our lives, and even when one of us experiences smooth sailing someone is undergoing some pain or sorrow, some loss or heartbreak.  Whether we like it or not, one of life’s challenges is learning what to do with suffering.  The…

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Staying True

Library shelves, blogs, and magazines overflow with books, posts, and essays grappling with the relationship between faith and science. A few famous scientists like Richard Dawkins insist that scientific truth demonstrates that faith is nothing more than superstitious, often destructive thinking.  Put simply, if science is true, religion is false. Eugene Grasset’s “Woman Science” Some…

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Play On!

From Bishop Jake’s “Wednesday Thoughts”: Yesterday our priests and deacons gathered with me for one of our regular Clergy Days.  Among the things on our hearts and minds was the challenge of being the Church in 2013 and beyond. Our place in history presents us with a radical challenge.  We inhabit a transitional historical period,…

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Learning to Walk

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. (Luke 4:1-2) Jesus wandered in the desert for forty days.  It’s not that he took a wrong turn somewhere and got himself lost or forgot how…

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Losing My Graceless Religion

Flannery O’Connor’s stories are full of religious people.  People whose religious purity and moral rectitude would, to borrow a phrase from Anne Lamott, make Jesus drink gin straight from the cat dish. For instance, there’s Mrs. Turpin from the short story “Revelation.”  Serenely confident of her own goodness and of her good standing with Jesus,…

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Listening for a Change

Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”  (Luke 9:35) Listening is more active than merely hearing.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself midway through someone else telling you something only to realize that you’ve not been paying attention and you’ve missed some…

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