Follow @FatherEricF I quit publishing Daily Office reflections a week ago and no one seems to have noticed. I’m discontinuing this experiment in biblical meditation for the present.

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Follow @FatherEricF My Early Life in Sports She called it a ball (my grandmother did) but it wasn’t a ball not to my mind this “ball” was shaped like a large walnut or a small egg it wasn’t round to my mind a ball is round except, of course, the oblong oddly-shaped pigskin my brother would toss in the yard and play “flag” with his friends and tell me I couldn’t play because I was too little and too young …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Acts of the Apostles: An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Acts 8:26-27a (NRSV) – August 21, 2014) I suppose that if “an angel of the Lord” told me to “get up and go” that I’d do as Philip did, even …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Psalter: “Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth,” let Israel now say; “Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth, but they have not prevailed against me.” The plowmen plowed upon my back and made their furrows long. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Psalm 129:1-3 (BCP Version) – August 20, 2014) Truth, United States Senator Hiram Johnson observed in 1917, is the first casualty of war. When war becomes nearly universal is truth in …

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An Aquifer – From the Daily Office – August 19, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Psalter: I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Psalm 121:1 (BCP Version) – August 19, 2014) I love Psalm 121 for a variety of reasons. It is the psalm which the sanctoral lectionary provides for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), always a favorite saint. It is the psalm my late mother chose to be read at her funeral. …

 

Russian Steam Locomotive? – From the Daily Office – August 18, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel according John: [Jesus said:] “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life. Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – John 5:24-25 …

 

Late Middle Age – A Poem – August 15, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF Late Middle Age Deep in the thickets of never were my doubts and dreams fight a fierce battle over the splinters of ambition while overhead soaring hopes somersault, doing lazy loop-di-loops, catching the thermals of passion’s fierce heat quickly spent. “Where,” cries the harlequin of discontent, “where would you be now but for the locks and chains of decisions made in haste?” “Who cares?” answers Lady Faith, “The smith who forged the chains and locks from the same …

 

At the Center of the Heart – A Poem in Celebration of St. Mary the Virgin – August 15, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF O God, who have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Collect for the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, August 15, 2014) At the Center …

 

I Believe – From the Daily Office – August 15, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel according John: There was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” Jesus said to …

 

Of Tombs and Siblings – From the Daily Office – August 14, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Book of Acts: [Stephen the Deacon answered the High Priest in the council and said:] “Joseph sent and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five in all; so Jacob went down to Egypt. He himself died there as well as our ancestors, and their bodies were brought back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in …