Being Made New

Being Made New

Kids play hard, and sometimes they get banged up. The crazy part is that we stick a Band-Aid on a skinned knee and, in a week or two, they’re just fine. Bruises fade, new skin grows to cover cuts and scrapes. Their bodies are constantly growing, healing, and changing...
The Medicine of Immortality

The Medicine of Immortality

In this weekend’s readings, we will hear about the Holy Spirit being poured out on Gentiles for the first time (Acts 10:44-48), and about loving God and keeping His Commandments (1 John 5:1-6 and John 15:9-17). These ideas are central to the Gospel and the Body of...
Giving From The Heart

Giving From The Heart

God was not – and is not – concerned with how much money we each put into the offertory plate on Sundays. The story of the Widow’s Mite (Mark 12:41-44) makes that very clear. In this passage, Jesus, calling the disciples, points out a poor widow who has placed two...
Cultivating Spiritual Fruit

Cultivating Spiritual Fruit

In the morning I say a prayer that gets me ready for the day. I invite God to be in control of my day. I pray for His protection over my family and myself, that anything that is not of Him would leave, and I ask Him to fill me with His Spirit and all the fruits of His...
I Know Where We’re Going

I Know Where We’re Going

When I was 54, my husband Mario died, at 58, of spinal cancer, just 6 weeks after he was diagnosed. He had been being treated for a sprained muscle in his neck, which turned out to be 2 cracked discs in his spine in the neck area. He was in such pain that I honestly...
The Plan is Greater Than the Expectation

The Plan is Greater Than the Expectation

My serenity is inversely proportional to my expectations. The higher my expectations of other people are, the lower is my serenity. -Alcoholics Anonymous – Big Book It is natural for human beings to have expectations in people, places, and things and the way they...
Faith Restored

Faith Restored

I will restore to you the years which the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. (Job 2:25) In the fall of 2017, we observed the 50th Anniversary of our Confirmations and entry into the...
Lent at St. Michael’s

Lent at St. Michael’s

Lent has always been a very important time of the church calendar at St. Michael’s. Growing up as a child of the parish in 1950s and 1960s, observation of Lent was something every church member took seriously. Everyone made very careful decisions about what each would...
It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination

It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination

“It’s all about the process”. That is what I heard while studying art in college. “If you don’t like the process of creating art, then you won’t like being an artist”. This is a truism: the process itself is where the product of art comes from. It is the emotional,...
10 Creative Things To Do During Lent

10 Creative Things To Do During Lent

As we walk through this forty day Lenten journey of prayer, fasting, and reflection — in preparation for  Easter — it can be hard to decide what actions to take. With that, below are a few creative Lenten ideas that will help shift the focus off of self and onto...