December 28, 2014
‘What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.’ In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
As I look back over 2014, one of the privileges I continue to be given as a priest has been to lead or participate in the burial of a number of members of the Greatest Generation, including my 98-year old grandmother. This was the generation that survived the Great Depression, won World War II, and built modern day America.
As I listened to the stories from many of you about your patriarchs and matriarchs from this generation, and reflected on my memories of Grandma,
the words used to describe our loved ones from this era were: faith, strength, hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance. But one additional term that I heard especially spoke to me. That word was “optimism.” There was a hopeful attitude and outlook about the Greatest Generation. They voiced the belief that, even in the midst of hard times and difficult struggles, life will get better and we will be a part of making it so. That is also the hallmark of the Christian faith. Read more…
When you are truly gracious, when your mind is set upon grace and gratitude, there is one thing you cannot have, and that is fear.
Fear will sap your power faster than anything else. It creates doubt and distrust and insecurity. In this age of great connectivity, you can find someone every hour of every day willing to scare you about one thing or another.
But we are not born to know fear. Much like hatred, it is not natural, and it must be learned. And while some level of fear is healthy for survival, it can be far too easy to let it overwhelm us. To let it paralyze us. To keep us from realizing our true spirit. Read more…