September 25, 2018

Several years ago I did a three-day retreat at Baltimore Carmel - a Carmelite Monastery (the first in the US!) here in Baltimore. The Carmelite Order is grounded in prayer - that is their vocation as a community and individually. Silence is woven into the daily life.

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September 17, 2018

What is it you want to hear in a sermon?  There are probably as many answers to that question as there are people in the room.  Maybe a word of hope, strength or encouragement. Maybe something hard is happening in our lives right now so we want to know God loves us, it...

September 12, 2018

One afternoon, when I was about 6 years old, my parents left me and my older brother Peter home while they went and ran errands. My mom had made a chocolate cake that was going to be our dessert after dinner that night. I was about 6 years old and Peter, who is about 1...

September 4, 2018

Perhaps you watched one, or both, or some of the two national funerals this week – Aretha Franklin and John McCain.  Two very different funerals, but both rich with traditions.  Traditions are an important, necessary part of the grieving process – and the celebration p...

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