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Homily: Independence Day

Scripture Readings: for Peace and Justice, Lectionary 887-890 Lately I’ve had a chance to spend more time with my great-nephew, who’ll be 8 next month. We’ve played a lot of games, and sometimes if I’m not careful, the rules tend to change in the middle of the game. It’s not quite like Calvinball from Calvin […]


“Listen my children and you shall hear/of the midnight ride of Paul Revere…” The classic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow appeared in January 1861, when the nation whose beginning it described was unravelling. It is a stirring, dramatic poem, however it is not good history. Revere never shouted “The British are coming” since everyone (including […]

Lent 2019

A few days ago, I passed an anniversary: it’s been six months since I lost my left leg. For many weeks, I’ve debated how to tell this story in print, practicing many times in person with people of all ages. In many ways, the past few months have been a Lent for me, however I […]

Leveling Up

As those of you who read my initial post on this blog know, I’m not really big into sentimentalism. It’s not completely worthless: it’s like having a nice, soft, comfy couch or armchair, a place to relax for a while and let the world go by. Tempting to stay there, but sooner or later we […]

Homily: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Readings of the Day We all have loyalties, many loyalties. Growing up, there is a hometown loyalty, loyalties to organizations we belong to, loyalties to sports teams. I have been a Royals fan since 1969, and if you’re a true fan you are loyal whether the team is winning or losing. It would be nice […]

Ascension, 2018

Readings of the Day We go through a the graduation season every year: Kindergarten, 8th Grace, High School, College and University. Commencements are always suspicious…I mean, auspicious occasions, where many come together to celebrate accomplishments and to embrace hope for the future. I’ve graduated five times, although I only walked in commencement three times, and […]

Homily: Fifth Sunday of Easter, Cycle B

Readings of the Day Can someone who was a committed enemy become a trusted friend? That was a question facing the crew of Star Trek: Voyager once they took Seven of Nine on board. Seven was a Borg, a part human, part machine race, committed to taking over the galaxy. The Borg did not grow, […]