Category Archives: Holidays

An Inauspicious Beginning

Death and taxes. The earliest use of the idiom was in The Cobbler of Preston by Christopher Bullock (1716), “’Tis impossible to be sure of anything but Death and Taxes.” It continues to be quoted by many. It was true in … Continue reading

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It Is Precious to Me

I don’t remember for sure where it came from. I was quite young when it was given me. I kept in a box. From time to time, I would look at it. Flip through its pages, maybe reading a part … Continue reading

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The Word that was the cause of things to come into being became a being.

In my tradition, we use a lectionary. This means that the Bible readings for each Sunday are predetermined. We use a three year cycle of readings. After three years almost all of the New Testament is read in church and … Continue reading

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Illuminating Memories

The memories of our loved ones never die. It is, particularly, at the end of year when those memories are illuminated. The holiday memories are amplified: the Thanksgiving meals, the mishaps that might ruin the Thanksgiving meal instead turn into … Continue reading

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The Big Plan

The story of Jesus’ passion is such a powerful story! It seems like a train going out of control toward a mountain side and there is no one who can stop it, not Spiderman, not Superman, nobody. No human being, … Continue reading

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Light up the World! Jesus Is Come!

Hanging lights on a Christmas tree can be most stressful. Some nice person on the Internet has even made a list of Things Not to Say When Hanging Lights on the Christmas Tree. Let me read some of them: 8. … Continue reading

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Messengers of the Resurrection

A first year student in a Catholic seminary was told by the dean that he should plan to preach the sermon in chapel the following day. He had never preached a sermon before, he was nervous and afraid, and he … Continue reading

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