Ordinary moments of Ordinary Time

Racism in America ~can we change for the better?

Usually, dear friends, I interrupt my blog service until the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th. However, on the morning of the Fourth of July last Saturday, I received an email from a friend from the church I had been attending before the coronavirus stopped us from attending church.  He was up in the […]

The Courage of the signers ~ where is our courage?

Dear Friends, On  July 4, 1776, the men, and their families supporting them published the sacred document, the Declaration of Independence, that created this country.  At its conclusion, they said: FOR THE SUPPORT OF THIS DECLARATION WITH A FIRM RELIANCE ON THE PROTECTION OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE WE MUTUALLY PLEDGE OUR LIVES, OUR FORTUNES AND OUR […]

Are we re-birthing America today?

Dear Friends, the boy in the image above was reading the Declaration of Independence emblazoned on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial when I visited there in October 2007.  He represents our future. Have you ever read it?  (I offered you an image of it two days ago as it was emblazoned on the wall […]

A Prayer for the Fourth of July 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This is an actual image of one of the four panels of the words of Thomas Jefferson emblazoned upon the walls of perhaps America’s most sacred shrine, the Jefferson Memorial. The image was taken in October 2007 on my first pilgrimage to pray for our country’s transformation. As I offer my thoughts, […]

The Feast of Corpus Christi ~ Body broken ~ Blood poured out for you and all the world!

The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christ) Sunday, June 14. 2020 Dear Friends, Today is our Roman Catholic Feast of Corpus Christi in which pause to appreciate and give thanks for the wonderful gift of the holy Eucharist. I’d like to reflect for a moment on what we Catholics believe about […]

The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity ~ Caught up in the circle of their love!

The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity ~ Sunday June 7th, 2020 Dear Friends, We Catholics (and most Episcopalians) recite these words Sunday after Sunday.  (And some Lutheran congregations as well.) But I have a question for you: Do you ever think about what you are saying or reciting? Will you allow me to help […]

Happy Valentine’s Day! True Love is faithful love ~ How do you measure up?

Flagler Beach Florida sunrise / bob traupman. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, EVERYONE! We’ve been reflecting on St. Paul’s eloquent words about love from I Corinthians 13. And this is my final post on the subject. Love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it does not seek its own interests,             […]

Jilted Lovers or Joyous Love?

                    mesa verde national park of southern colorado / march 2008 / bob traupman.  Dear Sisters and Brothers, Our society finds it quite acceptable for people to hop into one relationship after another or just satisfy their needs by”hooking up”. How many times have young people […]

St. Paul’s Ode to Love ~ How do we measure up?

Many of us are thinking of our Valentine’s these days — our lovers,  intend-eds, spouses, classmates, mothers and also spouses remembering their deceased loved ones. Hallmark would encourage us to “send the very best.”   And marketeers would like to get their greedy fingers on our credit cards for this one-day holiday, wouldn’t they? So let’s go […]

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

The  Feast of the Presentation of the Lord In the Temple ~ February 2nd, 2020. It’s also known as Candlemas Day when there’s often a procession with blessed candles through the church, or in Latin or European countries through the streets. The sacred candles to be used at the altar for the coming year are […]