Monthly Archives: August, 2012

A Colony of Heaven

From Common Prayer today: Martin Luther King Jr. said this: “There was a time when the church was very powerful. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a …

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God’s Love for All

As I was getting ready to leave the house this morning, I heard a story on NPR about rates of giving among the rich.  Those that live in more diverse places tend to give more than those who are isolated from their communities. When I began Morning Prayer, I read from Romans 8:1-11: 1 So now …

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The Call of Philip and Nathanael

The Gospel reading in Morning Prayer was from the first chapter of John: Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael  The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found …

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Dominic

Today on the Anglican and Roman Catholic calendars they are remembering Dominic a 13th century Priest and Friar.  He was the founder of the Order of Preachers (O.P.) and was known for his logical and persuasive arguments for the orthodox Christian faith.  In a time when force and violence substituted for religious conversion, he stood …

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Hiroshima Remembrance

After spending five years in Japan and making the pilgrimage to Hiroshima a couple of times, August 6th stands out as a day to remember.  It was the day that U.S. aircraft dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan and it led to the end of the second World War in the Pacific.   Even …

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Misfits

From Common Prayer on August 3… In his book From Brokenness to Community, Jean Vanier writes, “Those with whom -Jesus identifies himself are regarded by society as misfits. And yet -Jesus is that person who is hungry; -Jesus is that woman who is confused and naked. Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if we all discovered that? The …

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