The Debt of Privilege

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary As I was driving home from Maine the other day on I-84W through Connecticut, the exit sign for Newtown and Sandy Hook caught my attention. A wave… Continue reading

What’s It Really All About?

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time People tell me they come to church each week so they can return to their lives and their livelihoods refreshed and renewed. And for some time, I’ve been… Continue reading

A Few Good Apples, Persistent & Fearless

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time No one is an expert on prayer. We all have something to learn, and we all have something to teach. Despite our common ideas about prayer, it is… Continue reading

Not My Neighbor

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time It’s summer and life in the Shenandoah Valley is fairly quiet and uneventful. We have been spending time with loved ones, here and elsewhere, traveling to interesting places,… Continue reading

Over & Above

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Growing up, my siblings and I weren’t always high achievers. We didn’t always try harder especially if we did well with little effort. I guess no one wanted… Continue reading

Circling the Wagons

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time We are familiar with the metaphor “circling the wagons.” It derives from the westward expansion in the years following the end of the civil war, when families and… Continue reading


The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” So each week, on the first day of the week as was the custom from as far… Continue reading

God’s Spirit in Chaos & Consolation

Pentecost Last weekend, several priests throughout our diocese announced to their people that Bishop Knestout was sending them to new pastoral assignments and new parishes. Many who were sitting in the pews were… Continue reading

Determining Our Readiness for Mission

Ascension of the Lord A familiar segment often appears in the evening news this time of year where excerpts of commencement speeches accompany video footage of graduates in cap and gown walking across… Continue reading

Peace, Love, & Flying Pigs

Sixth Sunday of Easter Graduation is a wonderful time for young people and their parents to dream big, whether you’re graduating from pre-school, middle school, high school, college, or grad school. When you… Continue reading

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