Category Archives: St. Clare of Assisi

Better late than never.

For a moment today, I was upset with myself for overlooking the Feast Day of St. Clare of Assisi (yesterday, August 11).  For Pete’s sake, this blog is named for Clare, about whom I became curious and to whom I found … Continue reading

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“Go forth without fear, for he that created you has sanctified you, has always protected you, and loves you like a mother.” – St. Clare of Assisi This evening as news reports roll out about starvation in…

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A hermeneutic of generosity

Some weeks ago, someone asked me: “Is Jesus really that concerned with the poor?”  This came not from a place of disdain for the poor but more from a place of personal angst.  If we are willing to sit with … Continue reading

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A bit of goat

Pictured here is a photo of my great uncle Newman, taken many years ago at his farm near Santiago, Chile.  Newman developed quite a reputation as a leader in “the goat business.”  He was held in high esteem for developing … Continue reading

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When dreaming becomes a contact sport

Marty is interim rector at a small parish in my diocese.  We visited recently and he showed me around, walking me all over the property and pointing out various improvements to the “physical plant.”  He is a dreamer but not … Continue reading

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The challenge of a new thing

This morning’s Daily Office includes Ezra 3:1-13, which describes the beginning of rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem, following the return of Israelites from the Babylonian exile.  In verses 10-13, the new foundation has been laid, and so the people gather … Continue reading

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Resilience is something we do.

At a clergy retreat earlier this week, we focused on the topic of clergy wellness.  The approach was holistic.  We discussed wellness as it pertains to our physical, spiritual, emotional and social lives.  In his closing homily, our Bishop related … Continue reading

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Only everything.

Folks in Alcoholics Anonymous often give prospective members the following reassurance: We will only ask you to change this one thing — EVERYTHING.  Them thar are fightin’ words.  A person would have to be pretty desperate to stick around to … Continue reading

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Enlighten the darkness

These words can roll off the tongue with relative ease when we are speaking of the darkness “over there.”  Someone needs to take a look at that person, group or institution over there and cast a light on what exactly … Continue reading

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Addendum to “grudgual” post

This morning, while reading Alan Paton’s “Instrument of Thy Peace,” I ran across the following prayer, which is a fitting response to yesterday’s post… Thank you, Holy Spirit! “Lord, make me willing to be used by you.  May my knowledge … Continue reading

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