January 6, 2019

The Three Kings’ Journey (2019 Bulletin)

Today’s feast – Epiphany – is often called “Three Kings” in Spanish-speaking cultures, and is a bigger celebration for them than Christmas.  (“Epiphany” comes from a Greek word that means “showing” or “manifestation,” and it celebrates the revelation of Christ to non-Jewish peoples; so in that sense the Hispanic celebration […]
January 6, 2019

The Three Kings’ Journey (2019 Bulletin)

Today’s feast – Epiphany – is often called “Three Kings” in Spanish-speaking cultures, and is a bigger celebration for them than Christmas.  (“Epiphany” comes from a Greek word that means “showing” or “manifestation,” and it celebrates the revelation of Christ to non-Jewish peoples; so in that sense the Hispanic celebration […]
December 30, 2018

Some New Year’s Resolutions

Would you like it if your children, grandchildren – even you – found our parish a place you wanted to be?  Do you think you can contribute to making that possible?  This is a time for making New Year’s resolutions, so let me suggest a few that would make Our […]
December 23, 2018

Welcome at Christmas!

Christmas is, for Christians, the central sign of God’s closeness to us.  In Christ God took on our flesh to show us how much we are loved and accepted even with our confusions, muddles, and sin.  Christ’s Church exists to carry on that message of God’s loving acceptance. And that […]
December 23, 2018

Welcome at Christmas!

Christmas is, for Christians, the central sign of God’s closeness to us.  In Christ God took on our flesh to show us how much we are loved and accepted even with our confusions, muddles, and sin.  Christ’s Church exists to carry on that message of God’s loving acceptance. And that […]
December 16, 2018

Our Pagan Culture and Its Gods V: Bacchus

Bacchus is the Roman god of wine, of abandon, and of freedom from restraint.  (His Greek counterpart is Dionysius.) Traditionally Bacchus was presented as offering wine, music, and ecstatic dance that freed his followers from the limits of daily life.  Is this sounding familiar?
December 9, 2018

Our Pagan Culture and Its Gods IV: Aphrodite

Aphrodite (Venus in the Roman pantheon) is the goddess of erotic love and sexual desire.  This is a good and a necessary, God-created, part of our humanity. As with most instincts, it’s a good servant of human flourishing, but it makes a poor master.  Are there people around us today […]
December 2, 2018

Our Pagan Culture and Its Gods III: Mammon

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus in the Gospel, Mk 10:25 Architecture can tell us a lot.  If you think of a cityscape in cultures that existed before (or […]
November 25, 2018

Our Pagan Culture and Its Gods II: Mars

The pagan culture into which Christianity was born had a “god” for every aspect of life.  They were worshipped, in addition to their individual shrines, in structures like the Pantheon (literally: all the gods) in Rome, which we may have seen in our travels.  But the real worship of any […]
November 18, 2018

Our Pagan Culture and Its Gods I: Moloch

As our political, church, and cultural life continues to become more toxic by the day, it may be useful to think about our situation in a very traditional religious context: Our root problem is idolatry.   (There’s a reason that the warning against idolatry is in the first of the Ten […]