Faith. . The Power to Become.

This morning, we heard what I believe is one of the most beautifully written passages in the Bible, the prologue to St. John’s Gospel. I am amazed at how poetically he outlines the movement of the creator from the beginning of time to the birth of Jesus. I am awed by how he manages to…

Taking the Long View

This morning we heard stories of three widows. First, our Old Testament reading offers us a snippet from the Book of Ruth, and our Gospel tells of the faithfulness of the poor widow who gives two coins to the temple coffers. Whenever women become the focus of an ancient text, it is good to pay…

Victim or Survivor?

To this day, I keep hearing an over simplification of Scripture that goes something to the effect, “the Old Testament is the story of a wrathful God and the New Testament is the story of a loving God.”  It seems, through the centuries, we have developed a dichotomy in our understanding of God which makes…

The Second Vow, Resisting Evil

According to St. Augustine, humanity is not born tainted by the stain of original sin, but is born into a cloud of sin, so much so that even when we think what we are doing is right, we are actually participating in evil. Boil this down, and what St. Augustine is trying to tell us…