Holy Cross

When I was preparing for Confirmation (and in those days also first Communion) I was in a Church where I was taught to make the sign of the cross before I held out my hands for the bread and the cup. The priest taking our class could have said all sorts of clever and...

Praying in Hurricanes

There are lots of lists on Facebook this morning. Lists of how to prepare and things to pack, some of which will kill you about three days into a water shortage, so be sensible. There are prayers too, mostly asking God to move the hurricane away from us, whoever the...

Saints Aidan and Cuthbert

I have to confess that I love St. Aidan and his apprentice St. Cuthbert. Both were the Abbot of the Monastery on Lindisfarne, a tiny tidal island off the East Coast of Northern England. Aidan had been a monk with St. Columba on Iona before setting out on a missionary...

Compline Comes to Christ Church

Way back in the sixth century an abbot called Benedict became worried about the worshiping lives of those in his order of monks. He came up with a lifestyle which was anchored in seven periods of daily prayer, with work and leisure living into this spiritual...

Who is My Neighbor?

Who is my neighbor? Jesus was asked this question in an exchange with a lawyer about loving your neighbor. The lawyer might have been surprised by just how far Jesus went in his story about a Good Samaritan. Samaritans were considered outsiders, heretics, maybe even a...