Category Archives: Spirituality

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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A Different Kind of Kingdom

Last Sunday was Christ the King Sunday.  The first Sunday of Advent comes in a few days.  It is still November but Christmas music is playing loudly at my  Starbuck’s office in the Ingle’s grocery store in Waynesville. It is on mornings like this that I know that I belong to a different kind of …

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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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