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Saints and Mosaics, the shaping of our Lives

One of the magical pieces to visiting the Holy Land are the remnants of many lasting mosaics left by those who came before us. Floors of synagogues, homes, public spaces and temples that withstood the test of time, speak stories. Speak stories of those who cultivated the tile, those who colored and designed it, those… Continue reading Saints and Mosaics, the shaping of our Lives

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Rejoice and Pray!

Lectionary for the third Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2019 John 21:1-19 Rejoice! Once a month I meet with a Spiritual director in a Retreat House in New Jersey. I have been meeting regularly with Sister since 2015. Today as I was walking down the stairs from her office, I noticed a picture hanging in the stairway.… Continue reading Rejoice and Pray!

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Doubt or Longing – either way, have Faith

Everliving God, who strengthened your apostle Thomas with firm and certain faith in your Son's resurrection: Grant us so perfectly and without doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy… Continue reading Doubt or Longing – either way, have Faith

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Stories, Rain Coats and Mark 8:27-38

When I attended an all girl's catholic high school, the priest came over to the convent which aligned itself right behind the school to hear our confessions for reconciliation. We lined up nervously in our plaid skirts, white oxford shirts and green blazers. Anxious giggles exchanged between us cautiously as not to get in trouble… Continue reading Stories, Rain Coats and Mark 8:27-38

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Life is Fragile – Love

Holy Spirit come to us, Kindle in us the fire of your love. Holy Spirit come to us. Jesus said it is by your love for one another That everyone will recognize, you as my disciple. Jesus said, no one has greater love than this, To lay down one's life for those one loves. We… Continue reading Life is Fragile – Love

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Fire and Ice: telling my story…

Story, we're encouraged to tell our story. In the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, the theme for the last few years has been, "Know Your Story, Live it Boldly." It's not at all that unique to the diocese as the greater Church itself has a link on their main website to storytelling encouraging people to… Continue reading Fire and Ice: telling my story…

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Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

(A short sermon for class) John 19:1-6 “Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. Pilate went… Continue reading Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

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Jerusalem living in me… ( yup, a kinda final reflection)

Yes, I did just title this “A Kinda Final Reflection.” Jerusalem, the Holy Land lives within side of me as a transformative subtle haunting, calling me back yet illuminating so much of all that makes up me. I feel myself as clay being morphed and molded in the hands of God’s gentle imprints as cliché… Continue reading Jerusalem living in me… ( yup, a kinda final reflection)

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Journey to Jericho and onward…

Tiberias to Nazareth and now on our way to Jericho, down the Jordan and eventually the Dead Sea. What a journey! Yesterday we began our day in Zippori ( Sepphoris ) where I wept when I heard the Song of Ascents Psalm 121 sung in Hebrew. Perhaps it was hearing the words of the psalm… Continue reading Journey to Jericho and onward…