Category: Previous Messages from the Rector

Sacrifice Bunts

It’s the bottom of the 7th inning, the game is tied, and the leadoff batter gets on base. The team’s best hitter comes to the plate and the crowd gets excited, imagining an extra-base hit or even a homerun that will help insure the game will be won. But a good baseball fan knows what […]

God First

I write as someone you associate with your spiritual needs and your spiritual growth. As your priest there are other things expected of me but none as important as offering you opportunities to grow closer to God and inviting you to conduct yourselves as children of God. While you may not associate your monetary gifts […]

Teachable Moments

When I was sixteen, I wrecked one of our family’s two cars. It was an old Volkswagen and, while it didn’t represent a huge monetary loss, it was a big deal in my development. As I stood by the car which was mashed into a tree off the side of the road, some things my […]

Three Paths to Growth

Three Paths to Growth   There are three basic ways that we grow, an older wisdom teaches: Catastrophic Event; Spiritual Awakening; Psychotherapy or Spiritual Direction. The first two are thrust upon us and then require some time and effort on our part. The third path to growth is an intentional response to a yearning or […]

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is one aspect of parish ministry that really cannot be done well enough or is ever entirely finished. The physical and spiritual needs of a large group of people, or even one person for that matter, are always changing. Once one need is met, another arises. Like any relationship, the work done in […]