Lord, we forget that you are love and life itself, and we are created in your image and likeness. Grant us the grace of remembering that it is only by losing ourselves in you that we find our most truly authentic being, and burst forth in joy to heal others in forgetfulness.
For a Greek this is not an issue of potential portfolio impact. It is a gritty reality of life.
Originally posted on The Irate Greek:
These last few days must be the worst I have had the misfortune to live through since I came into this world forty-one years ago, and that’s not because Greece is heading towards total economic collapse. It’s because the small modicum of democracy we had in this country since six months after I was born has collapsed, with no hope of revival in the immediate future.
There’s a tragic irony to the fact that the nail in the coffin of democracy came from what should have been the ultimate democratic act: a call for a referendum. Of course, a referendum announced at nine days’ notice about an offer that doesn’t stand is a farce in and of itself, and when the deputy prime minister states on public television that the announcement was merely a negotiating tool, it only adds insult to injury. But in the wider context, this is only…
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St Thomas on this your feast day, pray for us. Intercede with the Lord on our behalf that we may walk by faith and courageously hear and follow with integrity the authentic call that we were created to fulfill. Ask that we be given abundantly of all that we need to joyfully accept and carry the crosses prepared for us. Plead that our minds may be opened to understand the guidance offered to us by our angel guardians. Most of all, beg for us that we may have a heart so in love with Jesus that we see him in, and become his presence to, our world and every living person and creature in it. Help us to join you and all the saints of heaven when it is our time to come home.
Although it is a joyful neccessity, sometimes I find it hard to spend time in prayer as I want and ought.
It is then, when I need most to pray. It is then when I need to pray the hardest.
O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. Psalm 63:1-4
Will you join me? That is not a typo in the title. I have decided that my response the tragic shooting in Charlston which has devastated the family of Emanuel A.M.E. [African Methodist Episcopal] Church will be the number nine for the nine new martyrs of charity who were killed as they opened their hearts and shared their faith with their killer.
Please join me and do one or more of the following:
- Pray 9 times today for the families of all involved for healing and forgivness.
- Pray for 9 days for peace and for an end to racial and religious violence.
- Give $9 to support the families of the victims. Information on how at this link.
- Talk to 9 people about your faith and whether you would be able to keep it in the face of death.
- Share 9 times that the only appropriate response to hatred is love.
- Invite 9 people to join you in a scripture study or to come to church with you.
- Perform 9 random acts of mercy.
- Call 9 people to tell them that you love them. If you are estranged from one, call them first.
- Make a list of 9 people who have done you wrong, pray for them, forgive them, and burn the list.
Time flies when you are having fun! A watched pot never boils. The days drag, but the years fly. We have all kinds of sayings to deal with the passage of time but they all seem to be joined to our perception rather than time itself. That makes complete sense to me as a parent. After all, a couple of hours with a colicky baby is an incredibly long time yet that same child’s entire time of being raised passed so quickly when remembered by their parents who are now grandparents.
No matter what your current perspective on time may be, remember to fill your minutes with love in order to build a life of joy.
When I took this picture In the rectory at St Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, I was whimsically attempting to create an image of anticipation immediately before my formation brothers were ordained 5 years ago today. Yet time can be relative, and I can easily see in their expressions an appropriate response as they look back at 5 years of ordained ministry. I can also see the emotions we felt as we discussed with our wives just last week, that we have now know each other for 10 years.
Happy anniversary Kathe, Sam, Kathy, Don, Lynn, and Mike! You are our sisters and brothers. Mary Jane and I are blessed to have shared so much with you over the last 10 years. We have shared not only in ministry but in all that life brings, the sorrowful, the joyful, and the routine. We can’t wait to see what the next decade brings.
It seems odd to me to wish you a happy Memorial Day. It seems more appropriate to wish you a reflective day, a prayerful day, a remembering day, a gratitude day, a committing to freedom day, and in that kind of Memorial Day wishing you joy rather than happiness. In that kind of day we honor those who we know gave their lives, who are missing, and who came home wounded in in body or spirit, as we work to build toward a world at peace in freedom, all the other days of the year.
You can learn more about this day and it’s meaning and history at http://www.usmemorialday.org
Our youngest daughter is graduating today with her Masters in Speech Pathology. After 29 years of having a child in school it is time to turn the page on that chapter of our lives. With 2 doctors, a teacher, and a speech pathologist as adult children I think Mary Jane and I have given it a good effort. But, it is our children who did the work to accomplish their goals. They are the ones who made decisions and choices, after they reached the age of reason, which lead them to be the adults that they are. They are the ones who have given us reason to be proud. We just did our best to support them.
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