December 15, 2019

Friday with the Fathers (3)

By Chaplain Mike Thus far in our Lenten series on the Apostolic Fathers, we have discussed Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch. Today we consider the last of the three chief Apostolic Fathers: Polycarp of Smyrna. Polycarp and Ignatius knew one another, and Ignatius wrote one of his letters to Bishop Polycarp as he […]

Lent: “From that Point On” — A Difficult Journey

By Chaplain Mike We are well on our way into the Lenten season. It may be a good time for a refresher on the relationship of this season to the Gospel story. In our January 7, 2011 post, “Epiphany and the Days to Come,” we pointed out that the Epiphany season is representative of the […]

Lenten Notes

By Chaplain Mike Here are a few notes from around the web about what God is teaching some folks during this Lenten season. Click on the title of each blurb to go to the full article. Margaret Feinberg is giving up prayer for Lent… “As I’ve reflected, I’ve decided to give up prayer for Lent. […]

Lent II

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 3:1-17 a sonnet a teacher who was learned and upright came out to visit jesus late one night immersed in scripture, ritual, and law impressed by signs of heaven that he saw and yet confused by words conveyed with love of kingdom gained by new birth from above and […]

Friday with the Fathers (2)

By Chaplain Mike On Fridays during the Lenten season, we are meditating on brief introductions to the Apostolic Fathers. These are the first Christian writings we have outside the pages of the New Testament itself. Dates range from the second half of the first century to the first half of the second century. The traditional […]

Lent I

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 a sonnet when israel moses led across the sea to desert, hunger, thirst, and poverty he called them there to trust and not transgress their god would care for them in wilderness he water, meat, and manna did provide yet still the children grumbled, groaned, and cried their […]

Repenting of a Political Mindset

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: Either I have communicated poorly or my use of the word “political” has thrown some of you off in terms of the focus of this post. I am using the words “politics” and “political” in their more informal, secondary sense in what follows. includes the following definitions: politics = any […]

Friday with the Fathers (1)

By Chaplain Mike During Lent, we will contemplate excerpts from the Apostolic Fathers. These are the earliest Christian writings known to us outside the pages of the New Testament itself. Their works come from the latter half of the first century and the first part of the second. The traditional list of the Fathers includes: […]

All Our Crusades Turn to Ashes

By Chaplain Mike One day in May 1212 there appeared at Saint-Denis, where King Philip of France was holding his court, a shepherd-boy of about twelve years old called Stephen, from the small town of Cloyes in the Orléannais. He brought with him a letter for the King, which, he said, had been given to […]