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Leonardo Ricardo
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SHARE. SHOW MERCY. GIVE: "Mind the Gap between your comfortable life and those who have no comfort at all.." The Rev. John Smith.
Mind the Gap          I enjoy metro systems.  The one I’ve used the most is the one in London.  When the doors open and people are going into the train car, a recorded voice says  Mind the Gap.   It’s reminding everybody to watch the gap between the platfor...
Mind the Gap I enjoy metro systems. The one I’ve used the most is the one in London. When the doors open and people are going into the train car, a recorded voice says Mind the Gap. It’s reminding everybody to w...
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FATHER FORGIVE THEM..: "The whole enterprise of God is to find, one by one, each of us who are lost." John+
September 11          It’s been 15 years to that tragic day when the heavy jets slammed into the Twin Towers in New York.  Can you remember where you were?  I was getting ready to go to church and watched the horror unfold.  I had an 8am service with the ch...
September 11 It’s been 15 years to that tragic day when the heavy jets slammed into the Twin Towers in New York. Can you remember where you were? I was getting ready to go to church and watched the horror unfold...
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"TRADITIONAL FAMILY" APPROVAL OF OTHERS: "Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
Who's Watching Who My former parish in Tucson was located on a very busy street where thousands of cars passed every day.  The parish had what we called a "prophetic sign," about 6 x 8 feet facing that street.  Everyone passing by could see its message, but...
Who's Watching Who My former parish in Tucson was located on a very busy street where thousands of cars passed every day. The parish had what we called a "prophetic sign," about 6 x 8 feet facing that street. Everyone ...
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JESUS OFFERS US A WAY TO TRUE PEACE: "He eliminates the us-them mentality and introduces the world to his Father, revealing everyone as brothers and sisters in one human family..." John+
Pick Your Peace One of my favorite TV shows growing up was "I Love Lucy."  The show revolved around a couple, Ricki and Lucy Ricardo, and their neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz.  Ricki was a Cuban-born band leader and Lucy was his loving wife.  Ricki was fam...
Pick Your Peace One of my favorite TV shows growing up was "I Love Lucy." The show revolved around a couple, Ricki and Lucy Ricardo, and their neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Ricki was a Cuban-born band leader and Luc...
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"Looking out for Number One" : Life in dialogue with self or Life in dialogue with God? John+
Confession of a Workaholic (Years ago, I was asked to give a bible study on one of the Wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible.  I chose the book of Ecclesiastes, or Qoheleth in Hebrew.  The word means "Teacher" or "Preacher."  The book sums up the thoughts of a K...
Confession of a Workaholic (Years ago, I was asked to give a bible study on one of the Wisdom books of the Hebrew Bible. I chose the book of Ecclesiastes, or Qoheleth in Hebrew. The word means "Teacher" or "Preacher." Th...
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The Reverend John Smith: "To create more focus on Jesus all we have to do is to reject all impulses to rivalry (and there may be many each day) and love God with our whole heart and mind, and love our neighbors as ourselves."
"Hit Song" (homily for July 17) We probably never think about it, but the earliest followers of Jesus had hymns they would sing when they gathered for the Eucharist, and today we have one of their favorites, entitled:   Jesus is the image . Jesus is the ima...
"Hit Song" (homily for July 17) We probably never think about it, but the earliest followers of Jesus had hymns they would sing when they gathered for the Eucharist, and today we have one of their favorites, entitled: Jes...
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CAN WE RISK LOSING RESPECTABILITY TO FOLLOW JESUS: "Can we forgive those who hurt or attack us even when others around us think we are deluded, naïve, and foolish? " John+
Crooked Jesus           In the New Testament writings, of St. Paul and others, there are short, pithy statements of faith, called   kerygma .   They are important because they give us a snapshot of the earliest faith convictions of those who lived closest t...
Crooked Jesus In the New Testament writings, of St. Paul and others, there are short, pithy statements of faith, called kerygma. They are important because they give us a snapshot of the earliest faith convicti...
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The Reverend John Smith: "POSSESSING AND CONTROLLING OTHERS IS A BLOCK TO FOLLOWING CHRIST..."
Breaking Whole          Last week the Gospel led us to the consideration of “traditional family values.”   We see Jesus deconstructing the way we usually think of family to make it broader and more inclusive.  Traditional family values upheld, for example, ...
Breaking Whole Last week the Gospel led us to the consideration of “traditional family values.” We see Jesus deconstructing the way we usually think of family to make it broader and more inclusive. Traditional fami...
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GOD RESTED ON THE SABBATH BUT NEVER STOPPED CARING FOR PEOPLE ON ANY DAY: ".. people and their needs matter anytime, anywhere." John+
Of Bumper Stickers and Praise I love to read bumper stickers.  There was one I read not long ago in the States that stated:   Jesus is coming back soon and he's gonna be mad!   When Jesus returns (soon a la the Book of Revelation), he will bring judgement u...
Of Bumper Stickers and Praise I love to read bumper stickers. There was one I read not long ago in the States that stated: Jesus is coming back soon and he's gonna be mad! When Jesus returns (soon a la the Book of R...
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FAITH AND TREASURE: "..Each person is asked to think about where their treasure is and what they really treasure in life." John+
"Faith and Treasure" After twenty one years in the Coast Guard, a short stint working for The Boeing Aircraft Company, my dad became a mail man. He loved walking his mail route and meeting his customers along the way. I think he was well liked and occasiona...
"Faith and Treasure" After twenty one years in the Coast Guard, a short stint working for The Boeing Aircraft Company, my dad became a mail man. He loved walking his mail route and meeting his customers along the way. I thin...
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Patron Saint of Antigua, Guatemala: A Prayer for the Feast Day of Saint James the Apostle
A Prayer for the Feast Day of Saint James the Apostle Posted by Kendall Harmon O gracious God, we remember before thee this day thy servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesus Christ; and we pray that thou wil...
A Prayer for the Feast Day of Saint James the Apostle Posted by Kendall Harmon O gracious God, we remember before thee this day thy servant and apostle James, first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the Name of Jesu...
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