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

No Sheeple Are We

Fourth Sunday of Easter Have you ever met a person who was convinced they could do your job better than you? Of course, they have no clue what they’re talking about. First they… Continue reading

Invitation to the Meal

Third Sunday of Easter After Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he never tried to explain how he was once again alive, at least not in a way his closest friends… Continue reading

Preschoolers in a World of First Graders

Second Sunday of Easter Although it seems innate to our human nature to want answers to definitively settle every hint of curiosity, every burning question, and every lingering doubt, it seems just as… Continue reading

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