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From the Vicar, Epiphany

Epiphany is the season between Christmas and Lent when we celebrate the ways Jesus has made himself known…

January 12, 2012 in The Abbey, Uncategorized by

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From the Vicar, September

This year, rather than a full pay raise, the finance committee and Bishop’s Committee, gave me two more weeks and Sundays of vacation in 2011.  It’s given me some extra time to visit friends and family and explore some interesting places.  I spent a week in July at a writing workshop for pastors, which helped […]

September 1, 2011 in The Abbey by

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From the Vicar, July/August

When I called, you answered me; you increased my strength within me. Psalms 138:4 What’s summer for? Last year, I wrote a column about taking Sabbath time and sleep as a spiritual discipline. I still stand by that! I hope you spend some time this summer resting and spending time with God – however that […]

July 21, 2011 in The Abbey, Uncategorized by

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From the Vicar, April

Do you think about your own death very much? “Day by day, remind yourself that you are going to die” is one of the teachings of St. Benedict in his Rule for monks. Remembering we will die is a way to also remember to live. Despite our scars, baggage, hurts, and holes, we have the […]

April 2, 2011 in The Abbey by

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From the Vicar, January

“How do you see God in all this?” is a question that many clergy have been taught in seminary to ask people who are struggling with a difficult situation in their lives. But it’s a question that many clergy I know have mixed feelings about – it can feel both too simple and too difficult […]

January 4, 2011 in The Abbey by

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From the Vicar, December

Every December, my dad starts paying attention to the page in the newspaper that lists the time for sunrise and sunset.  “We’ve lost 3 more minutes of daylight!” he’ll lament to me over the phone.  But in January and February, he begins to report with joy that yes, the sun is slowly creeping back, minute […]

November 28, 2010 in The Abbey by

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From the Vicar, November

At our dinner and fundraiser in October, Bishop Jeff Lee “blessed” us via a video, since he couldn’t join us in person. (The video is the post just previous to this one, if you’d like to watch it!)  He reminded us that Benedict, our patron saint, was a monk who taught that the practice of […]

November 7, 2010 in The Abbey by

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From the Vicar, October

Late in September, I was a speaker at Romeoville High School’s Career Day.  I had about a dozen kids come through to talk with me.  Now, the video game designer next door must’ve had hundreds of kids come through his door, but I wasn’t jealous. I had good talks with these kids and got to […]

October 7, 2010 in The Abbey by

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From the Vicar, September

Does living the Christian life mean our lives should look different from the lives of non-Christian people around us (in order to better show that Christ has made a real difference in our lives)?  Or, does it mean that we should live more as part of the culture around us (in order to better bring […]

September 21, 2010 in The Abbey by

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