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Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (VII)

March 24, 2017“The sight of his mother, the aid of Simon the Cyrene, and Veronica’s comfort have helped Jesus walk a little farther. But nothing can sustain the strength of the doomed prisoner for long…Jesus knows the way he is walking is irrevocable now. It is the way to his death. Even though Simon of Cyrene is carrying the cross, Jesus’ energy is running out. His time is running out.”   THE SEVENTH STATION “Jesus falls a second time”   We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Surely he has...
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Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (VI)

March 24, 2017“From her home on the street, a woman sees Jesus approaching. In her compassion for his pain and suffering, she quickly dampens a towel and darts out of her house. Going between the guard, she wipes and cools his ravaged face. Later she will discover an icon of that face marvelously imprinted on her towel; she will come to be known as Veronica. The word Veronica means ‘true icon,’ and icon means “image.” God has sent his Son, the exact likeness (icon) of his own being.”   THE SIXTH STATION “A woman wipes the face of Jesus”   We adore you,...
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Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (V)

March 17, 2017“Jesus is still unable to get to his feet, so the officer in charge of the execution detail orders an African visitor to Jerusalem, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the crossbeam for him. Have you ever stopped to realize that the Scriptures are color-blind?…We accept the invitation to turn upside down the value systems on which much of society is based. This station is another example of the divine reversal. The Scripture is color-blind; all we know is that an African helped Jesus. May we remember that we are all created in the image of God and surrender our own...
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Wednesday & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (IV)

March 15, 2017“Jesus has fallen, and now he finds his mother coming forward to help him. This is the one station at which we all have something in common, because we all have been mothered. At the other stations we may have similar concerns, but at this station our relationships with our own mothers provide a bond with Jesus as we reflect on his meeting his mother….Jesus is met by his mother at this station, and her heart is one with his in knowing that his death is to be a sacrifice to bring forgiveness. She knows that in his death he...
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Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (III)

March 10, 2017“Jesus falls three times during his walk to Calvary. God falls. God is not supposed to fall, but God does fall. Like the crown of thorns, this is a divine reversal. Everything we hold to be important–power, physical strength–is turned upside down. God becomes weak, no longer the all-powerful, but one who can fall, one who can dieGod becomes human in the person of Jesus and [in the third station] we confront the humanity of God in the act of Jesus falling.” The Third Station “Jesus falls the first time” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because...
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Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross

March 9, 2017“As we walk the stations today, let us think about [the road Jesus trod]. Every single millimeter, every single inch of dirt on which we walk includes the dust from the shoes and the tears from the eyes of pilgrims. They–we–weep for the prisoner condemned as The King of the Jews, ‘despised and rejected,’ carrying so much more than a heavy, bruising, rough beam of wood. He is ‘enduring the suffering that should have been ours, the pain we should have borne.”   “Jesus takes up his Cross” We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your...
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Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross

March 3, 2017As we come to the First Station of the Cross we are confronted head-on with a divine reversal. God turns everything we hold so precious upside down. All the things we hold so dear—wealth, power, security—are replaced by a crown of thorns. It is here at the First Station of the Cross that we see the divine reversal as God’s Son wears a crown of thorns. We will ask ourselves during these fourteen Stations of the Cross whether we are willing to be disciples of Jesus. How willing are we to wear a crown of thorns? ~ John Peterson, A...
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Sermon: “The New Law and the Spirit of Love” (Audio)

February 25, 2017
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For 2017: Quit Resolutions, Develop a Rule of Life and Prayer

January 1, 2017So You’ve Never Kept a Single New Year’s Resolution. Why? It began just over a month ago on Thanksgiving in November, the gorging, the loosening of the belt after dinner, the “just one more” mentality. You said to yourself, “On January 1, I’m cutting calories, reducing the number of libations I sip or switching to lite beer and going back to the gym. You said all this knowing that the feasting would continue through the month of December: Christmas parties at the office, at church and at friend’s places. This would obviously continue on Christmas Eve (especially if you’re of Italian...
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Poetry: Opus Viridis

May 17, 2016“Opus Viridis” ©2013 Matthew Paul Buccheri   Shades of verdant Crayola in a lengthy season Prompt us like the hands of a Grandfather Where will the sun rise this week?   Torches atop the draped marble, east-facing Curlicues of gold thread weave about Like a circulatory system, only more handsome to the eye   Yes! Sanctus Paulus patiently we awaited you: How now to live after being raised and deified? He reminds us: continue the trek over the steep hilly summer meadow   Originally published in The Anglican: A Journal of Anglican Identity, (Pentecost 2014, Volume 42, No. 1.).

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Austin Farrer: “The Glass of Vision” (Free eBook)

March 7, 2017“Austin Farrer’s Bampton Lectures published as The Glass of Vision in 1948. Farrer was an interdisciplinary genius who made original contributions to philosophy, theology, and biblical studies, as well as to our understanding of the role of imagination in human thought and Christian doctrine. According to Farrer, the three primary themes of these lectures are ‘scripture, metaphysics, and poetry,’ individually and in relation to each other. The lectures defend his famous theory of divine revelation through images rather than propositions or events, a provocative account of the place of metaphysical reasoning in theology, and a literary approach to the Biblical...
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Web-Resource: The Book of Ceremonies

January 21, 2017Published in 1943, The Book of Ceremonies by Rev. Laurence J. O’Connell brings to light the Western Rite with all of its rubrical intricacies. A classic resource for Catholics and Anglo-Catholics alike.
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New Patristics Web-Resource

February 25, 2016I recently stumbled on a new web-resource dedicated to patristics study, monasticism and hagiography. The image below describes the vision of their site. Enjoy!  
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2016 Hulsean Lectures: Professor Lord Rowan Williams

February 16, 2016Professor Lord Williams of Oystermouth (the former Archbishop of Canterbury) is delivering the 2016 Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge. His topic:”Christ and the Logic of Creation.” You can find the five part series here.
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Anglo-Saxon “Our Father” (Trans. from Old English)

January 12, 2015Father of humankind, I ask for favor, Holy Chieftain, you, who dwell in Heaven   May it be made holy, firmly set up— Your name, that is, Christ, rescuer— Firmly planted in our soul-locker.   May your kingdom, wielder of might, Come to us people, right-wise Judge, And your love also, in the day of life, And in our selves in deep-dwelling brightness.   And may your will be well-wrought Among us upon earth through earth’s realms, As it is far away in the heaven-glory, Blessed in joys from this world forward.   Give us today, Chieftain among your people,...
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John Henry Newman (Free eBooks)

December 21, 2014Not many Anglican theologians have left the mega-size footprint on the Church that John Henry Newman has. As one of the founders of the Oxford Movement, Newman helped the Church of England in particular and the Anglican Communion in general uncover and rediscover a deeper catholicity in their doctrine and worship.  A good number of his works (in bBook form) are collected here.
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The Un-Moral Life

December 18, 2014By Fr. Stephen Freeman.  Original published on the Ancient Faith blog. In recent articles I have challenged the place of contemporary morality in the Christian life. Some have had difficulty with this, wondering how we should then think about the commandments that are directed towards our behavior. Others have suggested that my challenge is merely semantic. There are certainly semantic distinctions being made here – but the reason for them is important and goes beyond mere words. But if it is not proper to think of ourselves as “moral” beings, how should we think? How do we confess our sins if morality is...
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The Way of the Pilgrim

December 9, 2014The Way of the Pilgrim is a 19th century Russian work translated into English. The story is about the journey of a begging wanderer who treks across Russia, and while on that journey, practices the “Jesus Prayer.” This form of prayer is also known as inner prayer or prayer of the heart.  It employs the short, repeated invocation, over and over:  “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of god, have mercy on me, a sinner” (or some variation thereof).  You can find a free eBook here.
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Former ABC Rowan Williams on Advent (Video)

December 1, 2014
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Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill

April 1, 2014Thomas Merton, Padre Pio and…?  Read a classic work by a great 20th century Anglican mystic: Evelyn Underhill’s, Mysticism.

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