Archive | September 2009

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Mr. Shivers 13th birthday

Dear Friends, My faithful companion Mr. Shivers whom everyone simply calls “Shivvy” will be 13 on Thursday.  He’s a Chesapeake Bay Retrieve mix with some Lab, it would seem.  I got hi  from my friend Glen who bred him while I was in Baltimore.  He’s supposed to retrieve ducks from the Chesapeake Bay but he […]

9 / 11 — From hatred to love

Dear Friends, Let’s think forward today realizing the command of Jesus to love. To love our enemies is the essential dimension of being a follower of Jesus (Matthew Chapter 7) Love of enemies is the essential meaning of the Cross. If we do not love our enemies we neither understand who Jesus is, why he […]

Respect for authority or anarchy

This little guy is enthralled by the word of Thomas Jefferson emblazoned on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial Grateful, indeed, Bill.  I truly look forrward to seeing you again after forty years. But I have a very sensitive soul.  I feel sad that I find so little to inspire us this morning, September 9, […]

Open up!

Dear Friends, Yesterday’s Gospel is one of my old time favorites.  It has rich meanings, deeper and deeper, layer after layer. Mk 7:31-37 And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. […]

A Prayer for Labor Day 2010

Dear Friends, As we pause this weekend for the last holiday of the summer, may we reflect on the gift of work. Good and gracious God, you told us from the very beginning that we would earn our bread by the sweat of our brow. We are interdependent in our  laboring, Lord. We depend on […]

I wonder: Is the justice system just?

Dear Friends, This is the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  I have seen entirely to much of this place in the past ten months as I tried to simply be with two young men who had drug charges.  Both of them were homeless when I met them a year ago, lost, wandering the […]