I’ve made a New Year resolution. I’ve resolved to pray with you. Come see the ways we can, and do, pray together..

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The traditional symbols of a new year are Father Time, with his hourglass and long, white beard; and Baby New Year, diapered and full of hope and promise. When I look at that number on my calendar — 2020 — I am afflicted with a form of sticker shock. Can it really be 2020?

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Dear parish family, With winter just about here, I am remembering that last season, a few of our members chose not to attend Sunday or Tuesday services because they don’t like driving in winter. I fully understand this and will always support any parishioner’s decision to stay home if their safety is at stake. We…

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Dear Sisters and Brothers, The Lord be with you. We say it all the time, don’t we? What does it mean? I think it can mean at least three different things! The most common concept behind the exchange (“The Lord be with you. And also with you.”) is that we are bidding or praying that…

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Whether we’re newly-baptized or life-long disciples, spiritual directors frequently give the same advice: The paths to joy & contentment are gratitude & generosity. The prophet Isaiah (in ch. 58) says our healing and wholeness are profoundly connected to our efforts at stemming injustice, alleviating poverty and distress, helping others and honoring the sabbath.

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This is a sensitive subject, especially these days. But I think words matter. Particularly the words that come out of the mouths of followers of Jesus. Our baptismal vow calls on us to respect the dignity and worth of every human being. Whatever position one takes on the admittedly controversial issue of immigration – and…

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The Scriptures remind us that whatever we do, we should do it “heartily, as for the Lord and not mortals.” (Colossians 3:23). The sense here implies not merely effort and devotion, but also joy and enthusiasm. I was recently reminded of a story about one of my boyhood sports heroes. Willie Stargell was the elder…

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I was recently reminded by our beloved Bishop of the existence of an important resource book for the Church. It’s the sort of book a priest forgets is there unless he or she uses it regularly.

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I remember being challenged by a colleague to pray with specificity for St. Philip’s. She suggested fearless, specific prayer for various needs and concerns. I just found my list composed shortly after that conversation. Some prayer requests have wonderfully been answered in the affirmative. Others are obviously on their way and coming to fruition. Some…

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