Storms rage around us

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal “O God our Defender, storms rage around us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue thy people from despair, deliver thy sons and daughters from fear and preserve us from unbelief; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” [from the Collect of the Day] […]

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Holy, holy, holy

Trinity Sunday Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal The pivots on the thresholds shook …. and the house filled with smoke and I said “Woe to me, I am lost.” (Isaiah 6:4) On Wednesday evening just after dark, I was facing the glowing computer screen at my desk at home when the […]

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The Branches Is Us

Fifth Sunday of Easter A few days ago I described the Christian life as a “come as you are” party. It occurred to me that I have never actually been to a come as you are party, and the two (younger) people I asked were not even sure what that was. [You can listen to […]

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Time to get real

The Second Sunday after Epiphany Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal “Time to get real. ” Last Sunday, Dean Bertrand pointed out the dizzying pace of our readings as we swooped from Epiphany–when the wise ones were led by a star to visit and give gifts to the baby Jesus,  to Jesus’ […]

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The King as Servant

The Reign of Christ Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This morning we come to the end of the story of our Christian year, which is always a deep dive into one of the three synoptic Gospels, proclaimed, in a slightly different way, in each of the three years of our lectionary […]

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Psalms in a hard week

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This has been a horrible week. Bad News flooding in from the Holy Land, from the US, and from Quebec City.  (See note 1 below). As one of my friends said yesterday, “It makes my problems look a lot smaller.”  Problems that […]

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Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Third Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This morning we started out by singing what to me is a completely familiar hymn. The version I learned starts out, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise him all creatures here below.”  It used to be called Old 100th or […]

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Ascension Sunday Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal In the very early days of the church, the earliest days, Easter … the celebration of the Resurrection… lasted for 50 days. During this whole season, there was no fasting and no kneeling at the corporate prayers, according to Dom Gregory Dix (note 1).  […]

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Jesus expands the call to choose life

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal The Gospel reading for today is a pretty hard one, isn’t it?  And we have already had a hard week, whether or not we watched the news much. The earthquake in Turkey and Syria continues to take a toll of lost lives.  […]

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All my soul desires

“All my soul desires”/ The Naming of Jesus Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal Each one of our four readings this morning spins around the name of God—God’s power and identity.  God’s name in this case means God’s own self.  So that when Jesus is born, comes in human flesh as Bertrand […]

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The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost  Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This week, some of us met for our monthly “meditation class” on Tuesday morning, in this Cathedral in the chapel of the Reserved Sacrament.  It’s a chance to share an experience of meditation, not a lecture.  I look forward to it.  […]

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