Ordinary moments of Ordinary Time

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross ~ September 14, 2020

  Jesus had said this to his disciples shortly after his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. I’m thinking about the issue of Dying to Self these September days because this favorite feast day of mine brings me back to a long association with the Cistercian Abbey of the Holy Cross in Berryville,Virginia, nestled on […]

Racism in America (part six)

We continue our series on Racism in America with four short articles this time. I hope you had a chance to dig into Bishop Mark Sykes’ courageous pastoral on racism and white supremacy that I published in Tuesday. If not, you can find it on the right side of my site at the top of […]

Racism in America (part five) ~ A bishop’s courage

Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, kneels at El Paso’s Memorial Park holding a Black Lives Matter sign June 1. Seitz and other clergy from the diocese prayed and kneeled for eight minutes, the time George Floyd, an unarmed black man, spent under a police officer’s knee before dying May 25. (CNS/Courtesy of El […]

Racism in America ~ part four

This is the fourth in my series in Racism in America. But we’ll take a darker turn here as we look at slavery, lynchings and beatings and some of the brutal things that we white people have done to black folk or should I say continue to do to black people. I began these few […]

Racism in America (part three) how can we learn about our role in it?

The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it Amy Cooper knew exactly what she was doing. We all do. And that’s the problem. by Bryan N. Massingale I’ve shared two posts so far on the subject of Racism in America. The first one began with an essay that a friend of […]

Racism in America ~ can we change for the better (part two)

A group of children near the White House in Washington hold up their fists in front of a Black Lives Matter sign June 7, 2020. (Credit: Joshua Roberts/Reuters via CNS.) I’d like to continue our reflections on Racism in America with two articles that I’ve selected on the subject—one that was an experiment that has […]

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 […]