Archive for ‘November, 2009

Of Thanksgiving and Ambiguity

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Our children arrive tomorrow for the holiday. I’m happy about that….I haven’t seen them in six months. Their coming has caused me here in late mid life, in the waning light of Fall, to take stock of things that make this earth heaven:…their gracious friendship…my wife who loves me more than I deserve…my mother who […] Read more »

Of Building Jerusalem

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The principal aim of Hebrew Scripture is to tell the story of a people loved and chosen by God, a people sent in mission to build Jerusalem, the holy city envisioned by God through the patriarchs, the judges and kings and sages and prophets. And once built, scripture tells us, this same Jerusalem is in […] Read more »

Of Song and Seasons

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Every season has its song. The music of Fall is decidedly different from the music of Summer, Spring and Winter. Vivaldi thought as much. So did Keats and Byron and Eliot. The changing of seasons has inspired artists since time immemorial. The earth acts differently depending on the season: In the summer one won’t see […] Read more »

Of All the Saints

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This past Sunday, All Saints Day, we beheld the outward and visible evidence of the vitality of this venerable place and of its faithful people. The music and the liturgy and our joyful participation in it were emblematic of a church that matters. Over the past one hundred years parishioners have gathered here for nurture […] Read more »