Can You See what God Sees

In November of 1989, one month after Chelsea was born, Maureen and I closed on what was the first and only house we have ever owned. The house was built in the late 20’s and was, shall we say, in need of some work. Well actually, lots of work! In fact, the house needed a…

The Peace that Passes Understanding

the following is the Homily preached by Kathleen Hart-Zavoli on April 19, 2015. Picture it:  It is the evening of the Resurrection.  You have already heard Mary Magdalene tell she has seen the Lord.  You are locked in a room with other disciples of Jesus.  Not just the chosen Apostles of Jesus but those who…

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…

A Thief in the Night

This morning’s homily is given Dr. Richard G. Wiley Thessalonians 5:5 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the lord will come like a thief in the night. I think this is a way of saying we don’t know when the day of the Lord will come or what to expect. I…

For All the Saints, and Father John Piccione

Writer, Madeleine L’Engle defines the difference between idols and icons in the following way. Idols are those things we admire and often worship which block our ability to see God. Icons on the other hand, illuminate or help us see the face of the God more clearly. Today, we gather to celebrate human icons. Ordinary…

Living the Dream

As I have said many times these past few years, God has a dream for each of us, the only problem is, God won’t tell us what that dream is, we have to figure it out. I know, it’s not fair, and life would be so much simpler if God would just tell us what…

Spiritual Remorse, It’s Just Part of Faith.

In June, Maureen and I decided to replace the family room furniture after ten years of service to the Swan family. I am not sure what motivated our decision. Possibly the fact one of the legs on the sofa was broken, or maybe it was because the frame of one of the barrel chairs was…

Opportunity or Crisis?

For the past few years the issue of illegal aliens crossing into this country basically. . .has been a non-issue for us in Central New York. We don’t have the ongoing influx of people illegally crossing into this country from Canada as do our brothers and sisters who live on the southern border where thousands…

Seek the Divine in Others.

During my years at Seminary, I did my field placement at Trinity Church, Sigourney Street, Hartford. Trinity is a parish located in a very diverse part of Hartford. Its Asylum Street facade stands directly across from the home offices of The Aetna Insurance Company, while its Sigourney Street entrance leads into one of the poorest…

Listen for God’s Voice; Listen for Life!

For ten years, I worked for the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut. For five of those years, I supervised night operations for the Department. During my five years at the Hotline, I oversaw some of the worst possible investigations. Often time’s people would ask me how I managed to keep going in the…

We Trust with the Heart, Not The Head

The theme of our Easter journey together has been about challenge. On Palm Sunday we were challenged to acknowledge the darkness within as we became the crowd and shouted to crucify Jesus. On Maundy Thursday, we were challenged, along with Peter, to allow Christ to wash our feet in order to allow Christ to love…

Waiting Patiently for God.

I often tell people patience is a virtue, and I don’t have any. Patience that is, not virtues. But I am like many of us here today, I am not one who likes to wait. True to my type A personality, waiting feels like a waste of time. Time that I feel could be used…