Author Archives: Michael

The Nativity

On this Holy Day, I am grateful for my family, and for the opportunity to celebrate this season with my Big Italian clan in Syracuse.  I am thankful for the One, Holy and Apostolic  Church that has nurtured me and my calling, and continues to give me a place to serve. On this day, looking …

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John of the Cross

Today is the remembrance of John of the Cross.  A perfect guest to this season of Advent.  Imagine radical simplicity being embraced by the Church throughout this season. From Common Prayer: John of the Cross (1542–1591) Born into poverty in sixteenth-century Spain, Juan de la Cruz joined the Carmelite order at the age of twenty-one. …

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Watching and Waiting

It hard to believe it, given the fact that every store and place of business has been playing Christmas carols for about 3 weeks, but we are just in the middle of Advent.  The scriptures for the past two Sundays have been telling us to watch, wait, observe. Today’s word from the brothers of Saint …

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Pearl Harbor and Ambrose

Today lives on in infamy as Pearl Harbor Day.  I have been to Hawaii and have seen the memorial to all of the lives lost on this day 71 years ago.   It was the day that the United States entered the Second World War, it changed the lives of numerous family members and friends. …

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Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra

We are about a week into Advent and we come to the Feast Day of Nicholas.  He looks nothing like the guy who rings bells at the Salvation Army, or has children sitting in his lap at the department stores, but he may have more of the character of what this season is all about. …

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Francis Xavier and Advent

It was Advent in 2003, while I was serving Kobe Union Church, that I took a trip to Kyushu, the island that Francis Xavier first visited in Japan in the 16th century.  The city of Nagasaki is on the western side of the island and Kagoshima on the south.  To this day, you are more …

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