The flowering of the rod

Today’s story from Numbers brings us a miracle: the flowering of the rod. Moses and the Hebrew people are in the wilderness, apparently indefinitely, having fled their bondage in Egypt, but not yet having come to the Promised Land. The Hebrews are becoming antsy with their long journey, and have...

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Alban

Verses from today’ reading: Wisdom 3: 1-9 The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,     and no torment shall touch them. 5 Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,     because God tried them 8 They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,     and the Lord shall be their King forever....

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Rich

The rich man toils as his wealth accumulates,     and when he rests he fills himself with his dainties. The poor man toils as his livelihood diminishes,     and when he rests he becomes needy. He who loves gold will not be justified,     and he who pursues money will be led astray...

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How do you keep the music playing?

Standing in the doorway of a 1930’s art-deco hotel room in Berlin, Greta Garbo, playing the part of a temperamental Russian ballet dancer, uttered the immortal words ‘I want to be alone’. Frustrated by her failing career, the Grand Hotel provided her with a sanctuary from the world around her....

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Visitation

On Monday our church celebrates “The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth”. This visit has always fascinated me in many ways.   First of all, “Why”? It is believed that Elizabeth lived in Ein Karem which is some 90 miles from Nazareth. This was a very long and...

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Down to the sea in ships

  Psalm 107: 23-30 (KJV) They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up...

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