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It's not just a Cause: it's a Person

A Simple Routine for Daily Prayer

Earlier this week, I was in conversation with a parishioner who asked if I had any suggestions for a basic structure or routine for daily prayer.
When I gave her a photocopy of what I've been using the past several years, she said that there may be others who would find this resource helpful as well.
So, with thanks to  Sacred Space (from which comes everything that is quotation marks), here it is: a modified version of what St. Ignatius of Loyola called "a daily examen."
Step one: Recall that you are in the Presence of God.

"What is present to me is what has a hold on my becoming. I reflect on the presence of God always there in love, amidst the many things that have a hold on me.
"I pause and pray that I may let God affect my becoming in this precise moment."
Step Two: Praying for Freedom God is a God of freedom. Created in the image of God, we are meant to be free.

"In these days, God taught me as a schoolteacher teaches a pupil." (St Ign…

Oncoming Litigation and Our Road Ahead

Earlier this week, leaders of The Falls Church-CANA decided to continue litigating the now seven-year long case of who owns Episcopal Church property, notifying their congregation that they now plan to appeal their case to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Virginia issued a unanimous ruling in favor of our Diocese and The Falls Church Episcopal and against the case of the so-called “break away” parish whose leaders attempted to claim Episcopal Church property as their own. It is all or part of that decision which is now being appealed.

In response, I want to repeat, with some modifications, something I wrote about back in 2010, long before a call to serve as Rector of The Falls Church Episcopal was on my horizon, and then offer an observation about the way forward.

I have long held a lot of respect for conservative parish leaders like my colleagues Tom Simmons (St. Peter’s, Purcellville) and John Sheehan (Our Redeemer, Aldie) and others thro…

Falling In Love