Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | March 20, 2014

Resolve for a Lenten Life in Christ

“Our Life in Christ is a cycle of repentance and renewal. We must fast from ourselves, from our “me’s, our my’s, and our mines”, that we might find and shift our focus to feasting with (and on) Christ…. His body, His blood, His Life, His Kingdom, His people and His Word… that in all their fullness….  they might be embodied in us, run through our veins, fill our lives, and find their voice in our words and deeds.”

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | March 6, 2014

Canon of St. Andrew

As this is the season of joyous renewal (Great Lent) together with awareness that the drifting accumulations in our lives have perhaps run other than expected…

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | February 12, 2014

Parish Council Meetings and Not

In our parish, we’ve now scheduled and cancelled three council meetings since the first of the year… which is great and all. I mean the best kind of meeting is the kind we don’t need… only at some point that’s gotta stop… and then what? So pondering this, I’ve been in communication with my crewe…

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | February 8, 2014

Sloggin’ by the Way

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | November 16, 2013

Seeing the Kingdom of God

‘Now there was one of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night, and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God because no one can perform the signs which you accomplish unless God is with him.
 Jesus answered him, “Amen, amen, I tell you; unless one is born anew, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”’ – John 3:1-3

For many months, our parish has been engaged in securing the services of an iconographer and working to develop a plan for the decoration of the church, and through research, prayer and visiting other parishes, we have come along a course of discovery about our faith, our church and each other. Unlike so many of the committees we’ve endured over the years… Continue Reading

Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | October 16, 2013

Beauty and the People of God

The more time I spend in this church, the more I understand how tremendously I underestimated her wonders. This is not saying that I came into her with anything less than the best expectations you as you would expect at any marriage, but only that my expectations were far too modest. Continue reading…

Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | September 26, 2013

Letting our inner joy breathe

Abbott Tryphon writes compellingly of the vow made at his monastery to visit the outside world only with clear intention to share their love of Christ by wearing it in an outward smile. I treasure this thought.

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | August 7, 2013

You are in Christ’s Church…

The following just seemed a fitting follow-on, if not a complement to my last piece:

“The Church of Christ is alive and free. In her we move and live through Christ, Who is her Head, and have full freedom, because we learn the Truth and the Truth makes us free (cf. John 8:32).

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | August 7, 2013

Orthotic Anti-Catholicism (and Not!)

They say, “If the shoe fits, wear it”, and so as it comes to anti-Catholicism, there may be a large number of variations, but the truth is that while some seem to slip into these shoes, it’s the odd fit we notice, or the shoe squeaks, and on the whole… it’s just as they say, “ain’t fittin’”.

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Posted by: jamesthethickheaded | June 7, 2013

Toasting a Beloved Couple

Life comes to us more unpredictably like the weather than we suspect – no matter how carefully we script it. And so, asked to prepare a toast for my son’s wedding for all and on behalf of all… though perhaps not in so many words, I scripted something for a wedding where the couple.. as my daughter put it (more or less): “If you could set all the specs into a wife machine… like they had such a thing… she is exactly the girl the machine would spit out. And since she’s here and real, you have to wonder that maybe there is such a thing… dunno. Anyway… all those things about my brother that bother me about him? They don’t bother her… fact is, she seems to love them.” More than that…

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