Lent 2 – Year C

It doesn’t happen often, at least at my house up in Altadena. And it probably happens even less frequently here along the coast. But every so often… especially as the Santa Ana winds blow down off the high desert, as they are predicted to do for the next few days, and the dry off-shore breezes…

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Lent 1 – Year C

It had been six long days… His name was Roger, and for six days he stood alone atop the pile of debris that he had once called “home,” digging with his bare hands through the remains of what had once been the center of his family life, looking for something – anything that he might…

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Ash Wednesday

June 30, 1997 is a day that will go down in publishing history. For it was on that date that a star was born, a juggernaut was launched, a cultural icon was created. Now almost 19 years – and nearly half a billion books sales – later, a 10 year old boy named Harry Potter…

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Last Sunday of Epiphany – Year C

Well, I certainly hope that this afternoon’s extravaganza lives up to all the hype. With all of the pre-game chatter about winners and losers, about break-out stars and aging veterans, about the sky-rocketing costs of multi-million dollar contracts, about first-timers to the big show and fan favorites and potential collapses, I will most definitely be…

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Epiphany 4 – Year C

How the different months of the year came to receive their names is a lesson in history, mythology and numerology. For instance, the month of March is named for Mars, the Roman god of war, and was actually the first month of the year in the Roman calendar. July gets its name from Julius Caesar,…

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Epiphany 2 – Year C

It’s a song I first learned nearly 50 years ago now, when I was going to church youth events and summer camps as a young kid. It’s probably the very same song they still sing today at Boy Scout or Girl Scout camps, at YMCA camps, at day camps, and drama camps, and choir camps……

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Christmas 2 – Year A

Let’s see now… there’s Johnny Angel; Teen Angel; Charlie’s Angels; Snow Angels; Touched by an Angel; the Littlest Angel; Angel of the Morning; Angel to Watch Over Me; Earth Angel; Arms of an Angel; Angels on Horseback; the Blue Angels; and, of course, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (just to name a few). There…

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Christmas Eve

Welcome, one and all, to St. Mary’s, on this magical and most holy Christmas Eve. Christmas is always such a wonderful time, as friends and family come from near and far to be together for the holiday. And this year is no exception. So, to each of you I say, “Welcome. We are glad you’re…

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