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The Genie is Out of The Bottle

The Genie is Out of The Bottle

My first two parishes were in rural areas where fellow priests were twenty-five miles away. Things changed when I moved to my present parish. The mother parish had three priests on staff not including the mission priests. Even better they were all members of the apostolic clergy group. This was a group made up of Orthodox, Roman and Anglican [...]

Reverent Silence

Reverent Silence

“Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep.” So wrote an anonymous priest in the early centuries of the Church. “Today a great silence reigns on earth, a great silence and a great stillness. A great silence because the King is asleep.” He wrote this for a [...]

Recovering Truthful Language Through Literate Biblical Preaching

Recovering Truthful Language Through Literate Biblical Preaching

During my student days at Princeton the philosopher Walter Kaufman reflected on the trends and fashions in modern Christian thought and pronounced in our own time an “age of Judas” (Introduction to Kierkegaard, The Present Age, 12). What he was saying was that the criticisms of nominal Christianity articulated by Kierkegaard more than a [...]

The Annual Assembly

The Annual Assembly

On the week of July 18th, our nation’s eyes were on the GOP Convention in Cleveland. Some 560 miles Southwest of Cleveland, a group of faithful Anglicans gathered at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, Illinois, for the Forward in Faith National Assembly. In Cleveland, the talks and meetings all focused on politics and elections, while [...]

The Lusty Month of May

The Lusty Month of May

Throughout the world, May is the month of Mary. And at least in this country, May is the month of Mothers. But it wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time, May was... well, one song from the Broadway musical Camelot offered a window into early medieval Europe and what May was like on the Christian frontier. Julie Andrews played Queen Guinevere. [...]

Make a Right Beginning of Lent

Make a Right Beginning of Lent

Ash Wednesday is a new beginning – a new beginning in our relationship with the Living God as followers of Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday is a new beginning, as it is the first day of Lent – sometimes called the “spring-time of the soul.” It is a solemn day of fasting and penitence, when every member of the Church is called to repent of his [...]

Santa Doesn’t Come For Me

Santa Doesn’t Come For Me

Years ago my wife and young children and I took a trip to Montreal in Canada, to visit our son’s Godfather, a priest, who had been the Rector of my “home parish” St. Mary’s Church in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The priest had left Pittsburgh, and with a new graduate degree in Social Work, worked closely with the homeless in a [...]

May They all be One

May They all be One

With apologies to the blind, it should be apparent to all Christians that the Faith, and the Church, is under attack. On the one hand, Muslims are waging genocidal Jihad against Christian communities, especially in the Middle East, and on the other, aggressive secularism is working to erode Christian culture in the West. In this context, [...]

Religious Freedom Under Attack

Religious Freedom Under Attack

By Michael Heidt. Sometime this summer, possibly in late June, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. To quote a former Secretary of State, what difference does it make, if the Justices rule that it is? If you’re a Christian business owner like the Kleins in Oregon, the answer is $135,000 worth [...]

Stop the Jihad

Stop the Jihad

On Sunday, February 15, the Islamic State terror group, ISIS, released a video showing 21 Coptic Christians being beheaded on a beach in Libya. This was entitled, “A Message Signed With Blood To The Nation Of The Cross.” What was the content of the message? A masked holy warrior wasn’t slow to tell us: “All praise is due to Allah the [...]

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