For all of us, humility is: living in the truth that I am a creature, a human being, a sinner like everyone else, but a sinner loved by God and entrusted by God with gifts to be shared.
The first Christian monks were men of the wilderness, the Desert Fathers, and there are many stories about them that celebrate their humility and humanity. There was one monk known for his great humility, and Satan decided to tempt him, so he appeared to him gloriously saying, "I am Gabriel and I am sent to you with a great message from God." The monk said, "You'd better check your instructions. There is no reason God would have a special message for me." And Satan fled.READ MORE
Last week I talked a little about testing ourselves or trying to disciple ourselves better. There are three basic temptations that keep us from knowing and understanding ourselves.
First, we may believe that we are more than we are- stronger, smarter, better- and that can get us into trouble. You know that feeling of finding yourself flat on your back after you've picked a fight with someone bigger or stronger than you. Or, promising to accomplish something that you can't do. In AA they say, "the only thing you need to know about God is- it's not you!"READ MORE
Father Ryan was gone all last week; he was on a silent retreat. That's right, a week without talking. Why would someone go on a silent retreat?
Last week I talked about reverence in my bulletin article. I recently read an article about going into the desert. It talked about the beauty of the desert and about the danger. Why would someone choose to go out into the desert? To allow God to tempt us? No, that is Satan's job. Do we want to allow God to test us? Maybe, by why? Not because God needs to know what we are made of, God already knows. Rather so that we can learn what we are made of and what we are capable of—both our weaknesses and our strengths.READ MORE
As we begin our holy season of Lent I would like to talk with you about an important subject: reverence. Recently I have heard Bishop Olmsted mention the lack of reverence in our society. I think we all saw the lack of general reverence in our last election.
How do we teach reverence to our children? Not with words only, but more importantly with our actions . If there is a lack of reverence in our society then what about us? Are we reverent in the way we live our lives, or are we more secular?READ MORE