Category Archives: General

Paul’s Conversion

Today is the remembrance of Paul’s Conversion. Can you remember when your life was transformed? Not all of us have the conversion story of Paul.  Most were not struck down blind, and most did not turn from despicable lives to the narrow way.  Many of us have white-bread stories that we are almost embarrassed about …

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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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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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Lifting Up My Eyes

Psalm 121 Levavi oculos 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills;* from where is my help to come? 2 My help comes from the LORD,* the maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved* and he who watches over you will not fall asleep. 4 Behold, he who keeps watch over …

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