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Our lives as we live them seem like lives that anticipate questions that never will be asked. It seems as if we are getting ourselves ready for the question “How much did you earn during your lifetime?” or “How many friends did you make?” or “How much progress did you make in your career?” or…

SUMMER READING

SUMMER READING Here is a short list of books offered for your summer reading pleasure. FICTION The Road to Grantchester by James Runcie.  Runcie is the author of the popular Grantchester Mysteries about an Anglican priest, Sydney Chambers, who also dabbles in crime solving with the local police.  This book is a prequel to the…

A MERRY HEART

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine….”  (Proverbs 17.22) A hotel in Cheshire, England, is offering guests the chance to rent a goldfish to keep them company during their stay.  The Happy Guest Hotel charges guests $5 to have the goldfish, unimaginatively named ‘happy’ placed in their room.  The hotel owner, Jeff Riley, believes…

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Note:  For the next several weeks I will feature reflections by Blaise Pascal from the PENSEES, his vigorous investigation and defense of Christian belief. “Humanity’s sensitivity to trivia, and our insensitivity to matters of major importance, reveal we have a strange disorder.”  (Pensee 9)  

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Your holiness makes you as conspicuous as the sun in the sky. You cannot hide your Christian character. Love cannot be hidden any more than can light. Least of all, it cannot be hidden when it shines forth in action. When you exercise yourself in a labor of love, in any kind of good work,…

LETTER FROM CELL 92

Not long after his engagement to Maria von Wedemeyer in 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Nazis.  While in prison, he wrote many letters to Maria, including the following one growing from reflection on Jeremiah’s words in 32.1-15.  The fact that Jeremiah wrote, while also in prison, meant these words had deep significance for…

SIMPLY PRAY

When he was a young man, Vincent Van Gogh served as a missionary among coal miners in Belgium.  The experience left him with a deep admiration for the working poor.  Even though they were mostly theologically illiterate, and did not practice religion as the church thought they should, Van Gogh saw in them a simple,…

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JUSTICE “The sort of crimes and even the amount of delinquency that fill the prophets of Israel with dismay do not go beyond that which we regard as normal, as typical of our society.  To us a single act of injustice— cheating in business, exploitation of the poor—is slight; to the prophets, a disaster. To…

JEAN VANIER

Jean Vanier: Founder of L’Arche dies aged 90 By Martin BashirReligion editor Image copyrightAFP The son of a Canadian diplomat, Jean Vanier embarked upon a naval career that saw him serve during World War Two. But in 1950 he resigned his commission saying that he wanted “to follow Jesus”. He studied theology and philosophy, completing…

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BUSYNESS I know from experience that when I allow busy little doings to fill the precious time of early morning, when contemplation might flourish, I open the doors to the demon of acedia. Noon becomes a blur – no time, no time – the wolfing down of a sandwich as I listen to the morning’s…