Mary the Revolutionary?

So often we are called to serve justice. At Baptism, we vow to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect dignity of every human being. In the Bible, justice is mentioned 194 times. In Psalm 72, the writer asks ‘Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.”…

Prepare the Way

For twelve years I traveled the 170 mile stretch of the New York Throughway between Syracuse and Lee, Massachusetts at least fifty times. And it seems, every time I traveled this stretch of highway some part was under construction. More often than not, there were two or three sections of construction. All of this construction…

Saying Yes to the Impossible

My favorite piece of music is the Quest, more popularly known as the Impossible Dream from the musical, Man of La Mancha. Don Quixote sings it to Dulcinea while locked in a Spanish prison during the Inquisition. The words are moving and powerful, especially when sung in the context of a man whose life was…

The Life we Wait For

This past Summer as Maureen and I prepared our move to Rhode Island, our younger daughter Kayleigh was coming to the end of her own time of transition. Kayleigh is our anxious child. Needless to say, she does not accept change well. Last winter she struggled through her senior year of college as she worked…

Procaim the Greatness of God.

On each of the past three Sundays, I have focused on key words or thoughts from our readings. On the first Sunday of Advent we focused on what it means to watch or to wait for God. Advent is a time to keep watch or to patiently wait for the signs of the kingdom’s arrival….

Prepared?

This week I made a discovery. It’s one that I probably should have made several years ago, but then again, I can be kind of slow at seeing the obvious. Each week our readings for Advent take on different themes which can be reduced to single words. The first theme or word is “watch,” we…

Comfort My People!

Comfort, O Comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, the penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. These are the words of Advent, made popular through Handel’s Messiah. Out of context, they mean…

Tear Open The Heavens

Once again we enter the season of Advent, the season when we intentionally sit back to wait and watch for the coming of the Reign of God. It is the time of year when our words change quickly from “Crown Him with Many Crowns” to “O come, o come Emmanuel.” The cry of Isaiah, “O…

We Too are the Foster Parents of Christ.

Nineteen years ago Salvatore became known to the Department of Children and Families within hours of his birth. Salvatore’s mother was a young, unmarried, twenty year old who suffered a combination of mental health issues and low intelligence. For the first three months of Salvatore’s life, social services from both the Department of Children and…

Be Patient, The Kingdom Will Come.

A year ago August, amidst a bit of celebration, the owners of Pine Grove announced plans to perform major renovations to the club. For weeks, blue prints, computer mock ups of the new layout, color schemes etc. graced the lobby entrance for all members to see as we prepared for the inconvenience of construction to…