Category Archives: Prayer

Manifest Lessons

January 6th is the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  The word comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.”  In the Western Church, We typically associate Epiphany with the visitation of the gift-bearing Magi or Wise Men or Three Kings to the Holy Family and newborn child Jesus.  In the United States, the feast has [...]

He Who Must Not Be Named: 10 Christmas Jesus Disses

Like it or not, Jesus is coming this Christmas. Many people don’t like it at all. Some call it Christophobia, though that designation recently took a hit. Some call it “the war on Christmas” but Stephen Colbert and others have mocked that into near oblivion. Whatever you want to call it, modern American culture loves [...]

Ferguson: Hope and the Limits of Justice

It seems perhaps the only thing everyone agrees upon regarding the events of August 9th is this: Michael Brown is dead and he was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson. But we’ve known that since the day it happened. Last night’s announcement that a grand jury had declined to indict Darren Wilson produced a [...]

The Last Words of 30 Saints

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, we draw our attention to the last things that await beyond the grave. The great feasts of All Saints and All Souls commemorate our beloved dead, but they also remind us of the impermanence of our worldly existence and the eternal judgment in the spiritual realm. [...]

Prayers For Hunting

Autumn is in full swing, and that means a lot of good things are happening:  football and tailgating…raking leaves and wearing sweaters…hot cider and cinnamon donuts. Mmm, donuts. And for millions of Americans, autumn means something else besides the cranberry scones and the pumpkin spice lattes. It means hunting season. Books could be written (books [...]


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