All Things Come From You O Lord

I have heard it said there are two things in life that we cannot avoid, death and taxes. Based on this morning’s Gospel this has been true at least since Roman times.  In this morning’s reading, we find Jesus being vetted by the Jewish authorities. Anxious to find a reason to condemn him, the Pharisees…

More Valuable than Gold

There are two types of people, those who see the glass as half empty and those who see the glass as half full. St. Paul was one who saw the glass half full. In this morning’s reading from his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul extorts his reader to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Powerful…

Thy Will be Done.

  “Thy will be done.” These words are probably as familiar to us as our own names. For most of us, we began reciting these four simple words almost as soon as we learned to talk. The problem with familiarity however, is that over time, as the words roll off our tongues by rote, we…

A Child of the Light

In 2013, I decided to participate in the Ignation exercises, also known as the 19th Annotation. Despite what it may sound like, it had nothing to with pilates, cross fit or yoga. Instead, for thirty weeks, I was guided through a series of daily prayer and other spiritual exercises designed by St. Ignatius of Loyola…

From Mountain Top to The Valley Below.

As most of you are aware, Maureen, the girls and I spent last weekend in Jamaica to attend our nephew Sam’s wedding. Now I know many of you are thinking, “what a rough life, a destination wedding in the middle of February.” To some degree, you have a right to think that. But before you…

TheTougher Side of Christ

From the day I announced my intention to be ordained, my father would always use his image of Jesus against me whenever he felt I was being uncharitable. His image of Christ was the same one many of us hold near and dear in our hearts. It is the one synonymous with the image of…

The More Things Change

I have often heard it said, ” the more things change the more things stay the same.” This is akin to a basic law of the Episcopal Church, “if we’ve always done it that way, why change now.” Both attest to the fact that the basic function of any group, whether a church or a…

All Things Come From You O Lord

Growing up, as much as I enjoyed Christmas Day and receiving the myriad of gifts I received from my grandparents, aunts and uncles, I dreaded the days immediately following Christmas. Those were the days my mother set aside for my brothers and me to write the dreaded thank you notes. At the age of six,…

Bearing Divine Fruit

My paternal Grandmother had what many would call a green thumb. Through out her house she maintained a myriad of exotic plants. Most of these plants started out as gifts from friends, often times in pots containing shoots from larger plants. In her dining room she installed a garden window. Here she kept her most…

The State of the Saints Address 2016

It is an honor and a privilege to stand before you today as your Rector at this 147th Annual Meeting. The theme for 2015 was “Keep Calm and Transition On.”   No one likes change, not your leaders, and most certainly not anyone sitting in the pews. Times of transition can bring out both the…

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…

All Things Come of You

Several years ago, I took a group of middle school youth from Boston on a mission trip to Puerto Rico. Mind you this was not a trip to San Juan or one of the more popular beach areas of the island. Instead, we stayed in the mountain villages just above the City of Ponce.  The…