We Are All God’s Children

In the midst of the third and final presidential debate on October 19th Donald Trump captured the tenor of this whole election season when he responded to Secretary Clinton with “ I’m not the puppet, you are!” The exchange summed up how juvenile and petty the campaign has become on both sides. It also demonstrated…

Be thou our Vision

This week I read a language analysis of the third presidential debate from the Bloomberg report. In it, the author examined how each of the candidates expresses his or herself to the American people. The writer noted that Mr. Trump’s tendency is to express the issues we face in the negative often using words like…

God is Faithful

I grew up under the shadow of my older brother, to whom everything in life seems to come easily. In high school, he was an honor student, varsity athlete, and one of the “popular” kids. As an adult, Ken has seamlessly moved up the ladder of success in the field of finance. He has the…

What will God Praise Us For?

One of the unofficial traditions of the West Genesee School system is the Senior Prank. It is an unofficial tradition, because it is not sanctioned by the administration. It is, however, a tradition among the students to devise some sort of elaborate prank on the last day of classes which will allow the individual to…

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…

Fear Not, for the Kingdom isOurs

One of the great joys of this job is that I get to meet a lot of fascinating people. People who over their lifetimes have truly become the saints of God on Earth. One such person was Ken Hogan. I met Ken soon after I arrived at St Luke’s in the fall of 2003. At…

Power Over All Things

The audio of the homily can be found by clicking here This morning we are called to go backwards rather than forward, at least in terms of our reading from the Book of Kings. Last week, we heard the conclusion of the battle between Yahweh and Baal, this week’s reading brings us into the middle…

Today is Pentecost

This morning we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Good News of Christ was spoken in the languages of the known world. Traditionally, this day has been celebrated as the birthday of the Church, it has also been seen as the reversing of the…

Where’s Jesus?

Like the popular “Where’s Waldo” books of the past decade, the earliest followers of Jesus awoke Easter morning asking, “where’s Jesus?” He wasn’t where he was supposed to be, certainly not in the tomb where they expected to find him. The burial cloths were there but the rock used to seal the tomb had been…

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…

It’s time to move on.

Part of the St. Lawrence experience is being near Adirondack Park. Although it is not a required part of our curriculum, all Laurentians are encouraged, at some point in their academic career, to climb at least one of the forty-nine Adirondack peaks. I had my opportunity early on, in fact, within a month of my…