Tenebrae in 2020

Tenebrae in 2020 The Lord has laid waste without pity All the habitations of Jacob O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant, He has brought low in dishonor The kingdom and its leaders Distinguished civil servants, chairmen of...

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Hope

‘Alas’ (ekhah). This is the Hebrew title for the Book of Lamentations of which we read a portion of chapter one today. In the first chapter Jerusalem/Zion is personified and mourns the loss of all that is familiar and comfortable. The Babylonian empire had destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple, taking...

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The Shadow of Your Wings

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgements are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in...

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Seeds of hope

A few weeks ago, thick snow still blanketed the forest floor where I and my partner regularly go walking north of Joliette.  A generous sprinkling of pinecone seeds lay on the snow, a promise of spring and of new growth to come.  Curious, I gathered some and planted them in...

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Light in the Darkness

For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. -2 Corinthians 4:6 Whenever I hear Biblical or liturgical language about light shining...

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Whose God is Bigger?

The texts of today’s morning prayers made me uncomfortable. First, Psalm 119 with its overt holier-than-thou attitude reads: “Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, yet I do not swerve from your decrees. I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep your commands. Consider how I...

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John Donne

Today, March 31, the Anglican church commemorates John Donne, poet, soldier, adventurer, lawyer and eventually Anglican priest. Donne was born into a large Roman Catholic family in 1572 when Elizabeth I was queen and Catholics were punished for following their religion. When Donne was 12 he began his studies first...

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They had the faith

And Moses said, “Dear God, please send someone else.” The times I respect my parents the most is when they are working with their literacy nonprofit, The Reading Room. Not love them the most, or like them the most, or appreciate them the most. But through all of our fights...

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Shelter

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with...

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