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John Le Carre wrote a heartbreaking but graceful book in 2001 — “The Constant Gardener” — that was quickly adapted as an equally haunting film. The Emmy-awarded adaptation, starring … more
This coming Sunday, March 17, is St Patrick’s Day, and, if you have been cruising social media for ‘Things to Do on St Patrick’s Day’ then you know that there is a lot going on this weekend. … more
We’ve all heard of the saying, blow your mind. Can you imagine being sincerely surprised and overwhelmed with God’s goodness in your life? Well, that is exactly what God wants to do. He wants you … more
Last month, the Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, at age 75, made an appearance in a Hong Kong court room to defend himself against the charge of being “a nuisance to the public,” along with a number of … more
Happy Independence Day! 1776 was a significant year – thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England which later led to the formation of the United Sates. Each Fourth of July, we … more
“Once upon a time there were a fisherman and his wife who lived in a hovel by the sea.” So begins a story by the Brothers Grimm, a story not as well known as “Cinderella” or “Hansel and … more
Like many people, I try planning and arranging my week so I can accomplish as much as possible.For example, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage on Monday morning hands me her “honey-do-list” … more
One of London’s key geographical reference points is the Charing Cross. It’s near the center of the city and it’s commonly used as a reference point in giving directions. A little girl … more
There are a few formal or written prayers that I return to over the years. One is the Prayer of St. Francis, beginning with that excellent phrase, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” … more
Some of the best advice I received about writing came from a venerable source. It was a quote from Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain: “Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to … more
Folks are still talking about the big ":Game of Thrones" finale, but now that that all the excitement has died down perhaps we should step back and look at the bigger picture.It’s estimated that 45 … more
There was a man in the Bible named David. He was the youngest of eight brothers. He was known for his love for worship and described as a handsome fellow. David was a shepherd boy. As such, he was … more
Buried in “Section 4, Lot 2738-B” of Arlington National Cemetery is First Lieutenant William McBryar: Buffalo Soldier, Medal of Honor recipient, and veteran of multiple military campaigns. He was … more
Every morning I follow a ritual as inevitable as the rising of the sun and a hot cup of coffee (one Splenda and a splash of cream, please). Reaching into a wicker basket that sits beside the front … more
Sometimes in life we fight the wrong battles, or we’ve been on a road for so long we settle and never reach our destiny. Don’t settle for mediocre when God has prepared greatness for you. In … more
From the Rig Veda dated two thousand years before the birth of Christ: “From darkness lead me to light, from the unreal lead me to the real, from death lead me to immortality.” “In His … more
Thomas Edison. Marie Curie. Steve Jobs. Leonardo Da Vinci. Even for those of us who mostly slept through science class, we recognize these people as some of the greatest inventors of the last several … more
“Love covers a multitude of sins,” Saint Peter wrote. I know this is true, for I have experienced it, most dramatically on a Valentine’s Day many decades ago. Like any poor, college-aged … more
In Holy Orthodoxy, Easter is the most basic Christian holiday. That’s because, on Easter, we celebrate the central event in the salvation of this world: the Resurrection of Christ Jesus. And since … more
Happy Easter! The Roundtable question is: What is the significance of Easter vs. other Christian Holidays? First and foremost, it is important to establish, Easter is not merely a Christian … more
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