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Leonardo Ricardo
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BREAKING THANKFULNESS: " I find it thrilling to discover that I have just awakened from what seemed a very long and less than cheerfilled sleep." Len
EARLIER CHAPTER: " I ran/run in life!   Ready  (again)! Fearless/afraid, hardworking/feckless, steaming/rolling/drolling but mostly clammouring for, and hoping for, more life-filled delights in/around/for me, me, me...this particular story has been about me...

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CONGRATULATIONS: Elizabeth Bell
ANOTHER BRILLIANT and HISTORIC ANTIGUA REVIEW BY OUR DEAR FRIEND and EPISCOPALIAN,  Elizabeth Bell  Felicidades!  Len Bilingual Spanish/English edition, Elizabeth Bell, Antigua Tours La Antigua Guatemala  with  Estuardo Fajardo Franco . February 17 at 5:45p...

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THE LORD OUR GOD: “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall do them no wrong. The stranger that sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him or her as yourself; for you were strangers
Homily - February 19, 2017 The Reverend John Smith, Vicar, St. Alban Episcopal Mission, Antigua, Guatemala The Way to Peace  One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately is how all of us sincerely pray for peace in the world all the time, but lasting p...

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The Reverend John Smith: “Save us from the fires of hell” means save us now from the fires we make by our human greed, violence, and never-ending wars.
Save us from the Fires of Hell            O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy.           This is a prayer that was added to the end of a decade of the Rosary ...

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THE MOST HONEST THING WE DO EACH WEEK: "Sunday we gather with others and confess the things we have done wrong and the things we have left undone." John+
Shine Jesus Shine Jesus said, to his followers, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? You are the light of the world . . . let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works ...

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MICAH: "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." John+
Alternative Facts and Jesus            .   We are seeing in recent days a struggle over truth:  what is or is not a fact is a matter of interpretation.  Pictures can lie.  Something can be true because you believe it to be true and you have “alternative fac...

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"The Eucharist orients us to Life and away from the world’s focus on death. We receive the Eucharist regularly to bring us face to face with Jesus the Light of the World." John+
Time Compression           Time is a human construct that helps us order our lives.  It was easy to come by watching the sunrise and sunset and calling it “day” and organizing the days into weeks, months, and years.  We are able to “look back” on the past a...

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WHERE JESUS IS: "..in a world that is slow in “getting the point” of Jesus’ coming, we can love, forgive, and show mercy, because we “get it...” The Reverend John Smith
Unpack Your Bag and Stay I bet many, if not all of us, have hit our fingers or thumb when we’ve tried to hammer a nail and missed.  It hurts!  This very human experience goes back to the beginning of time .                  “Hammer” is a very important word...

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THE VOICE OF GOD: "You are my beloved son, you are my beloved daughter. We go into the world, not perfect, but loved!" The Reverend John Smith
Getting a Hearing Aid           I suspect that every wife, in the course of years of marriage, says to her husband:  I think you need a hearing aid.  It happened to me.  Terri said that I should get my hearing checked.  I put her off until one day, on my ow...

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IN JESUS HOLY NAME: " to embrace ordinary folk with the love of God, especially the poor and those oppressed by injustice or disease. If we do this, whatever may come during the New Year, it will be a very good year! "The Reverend John Smith
The Holy Name of Jesus            If we added up all the real questions we ask people over the course of a certain amount of time, the number one question I think would be “What’s your name?”  It’s our way of being friendly and showing interest in the other...
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