Finding the Awe of Scripture

For the past two decades, I have worn a simple silver crucifix on a chain around my neck.  Most of you have probably never seen it as it is usually hidden underneath my shirt.  This silver crucifix carries great meaning for me above and beyond it being a symbol of my faith. It is, in…

God is the Balm

This week as I perused the headlines, I was reminded of a statement I wrote describing the mission of St. Luke’s, “St. Luke, our patron saint, was both an evangelist and physician. We strive to live out his work in the world by accepting that the world is in need of healing and God is…

King Herod Is Us?

In today’s Gospel, we hear the account of Herod’s beheading of John the Baptist.  There is no doubt that this passage and the account of Herod’s slaughtering of innocents are the two Gospel passages that few, if any pastors, want to focus their homilies on.  Both describe horrific violence, and the taking of life.  More…

We Have a Higher Authority

This week, ABC News.com ran the following headline, “ Lifeguard Fired After Saving Life.” The article reported how a nineteen-year-old lifeguard in Florida was fired after saving a man’s life outside the area of his company’s jurisdiction. The story went on to report that the young man knew the minute he came out of the…

Moving Towards Fair And Balanced

For those who may not be aware, this past Tuesday our library was once again converted into a polling site for the Onondaga Board of Elections.  For nine hours, dedicated volunteers waited patiently for those who were interested in casting their vote for the Republican candidate they most wanted to see run against Senator Gillibrand…