Coping with Troubles

The past few days have been filled with an unexpected batch of complications in several areas of my life, ranging from severe health problems for a couple of friends to very bad news about a couple of friends to very bad relations between a couple of friends. Also, there are stressors occurring in two unexpected…

Orlando’s Tragedy Today

Today we had a terrible tragedy in our country. I have little to add that isn’t already splashed across the news. May light perpetual shine upon the victims. May their families and friends find some solace at some point. May we as a nation recognize that our strength is in love not hate. May we…

Good Friday: How This Connects to Our Modern World

We have just come from church for Good Friday. Very touching indeed this mass. The Gospel reading was The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John, which details Jesus’s condemnation by the crowd, his crucifixion and death, then being taken to the tomb. We sang a hymn during Communion with a verse…

Holy Week, Family and Thoughts on Christianity

We are moving into Holy Week and life is going to get hectic around here. There is Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday and I am serving as an acolyte in three of those four services at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Hollywood. Not to mention that the Great Easter…

Ray’s Update + My Lenten Practice

Ray now has a fever. We’re hoping that it is from the sunburn that came from being out in the sun today up in Ojai. We certainly don’t want it to be coming from some lung infection. I think we’ll know more tomorrow since a typical sunburn fever will last only through one night. He…

Christmas Eve: Church and A Few Thoughts

I am writing early today because we are leaving in a few minutes to drop a friend at the airport, then go to Sarah’s to spend a bit of time before I leave to serve as the thurifer at the Family Christmas mass at St. Thomas the Apostle, Hollywood, which starts at 5 pm. (I…

Cynthia Williams, Rest in Peace

Today is a sad day for all of us at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Hollywood. Our beloved Cynthia Williams died this morning after being diagnosed several months ago with cancer. While there is relief in knowing that she will no longer suffer any pain, we will miss her ready smile, deep-throated laughter and…

Maundy Thursday

I have just returned from church this evening. This is the beginning of the highest of holy times in the Christian world. Here is a painting I find inspiring to mediate on. Paolo Versonese – Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane

Letter from Liberia

My friend, Dr. Kathryn Challoner, is currently in Liberia helping to fight the Ebola epidemic. Dr. Benedict Kolee is a Liberian physician (trained at USC under Dr. Challoner), who has been one of the key physicians on the ground during the entire epidemic. Here is the most recent letter from Kathryn and you will see…

A Prayer for Comfort

Dear God in heaven guide me tonight. Open my heart, mind and soul to Your word and will. Help me to turn to you in this time of sadness. Guide me to see and appreciate the love, peace, goodness and forgiveness all around me and to understand that though pain is real and difficult to…