Reflection

The prie-dieu

The antique shop was large. I found myself in it only because my family was in a nearby store, and, since I’m not much of …

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A silencing of doubt

Sometimes when I wonder at the scriptures of the resurrection, asking the questions and experiencing the doubts that people have voiced since the extraordinary events …

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The Friday we dare to call Good

Those who wrote the four gospels did so because they were convinced that the three fleeting years of the public ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, …

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‘Love is a many-splendored thing’

You may remember this as the title song in a long-ago movie of the same name. The stars, as we used to say, were William …

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A costly discipleship

Convention Hall, Philadelphia, May 1984 The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania celebrated its bicentennial in 1984. About 10,000 people gathered in Convention Hall in Philadelphia. I …

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The epiphanies of life

Piano tuners have to hit single notes again and again. However, now and again they play a chord and you realize how infinitely richer a …

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The night the stars sang

Hollywood loves the word “apocalypse.” To them it means “dollars.” It means a big-screen disaster movie, complete with toppling high-rises, mile-high tsunamis engulfing cities and terrified humans running in all …

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Nahr el-Kalb

The pity of war

In  1697 Henry Maundrell, academic of Exeter College in Oxford and Church of England priest, was acting as chaplain to the new Levant Company based …

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The gift of a story

One of the joys of ordained ministry is that you can find yourself baptizing your two great-grandchildren. For me those joyful occasions were a few …

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A time for harvesting

Donaguile, Castlecomer, 1940 In the 1920s, the world of Irish farming was simple and modest. Some large estates were exceptions, but they were diminishing in …

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Corpus Christi

Herb O’Driscoll’s newest book of memoirs, I Will Arise and Go Now: Reflections on the Meaning of Places and People, was released Feb.17 by Morehouse …

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Highway 1 near Banff

A sense of déjà vu: on the Trans-Canada Highway from Calgary to Banff

During our years at the Anglican Parish of Christ Church, Elbow Park in Calgary, I used to take Monday as my day off. Sometimes, my …

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Calvary

Herb O’Driscoll’s newest book of memoirs, I Will Arise and Go Now: Reflections on the Meaning of Places and People, was released Feb. 17 by …

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Herb O'Driscoll

The donkey remembered

Herb O’Driscoll’s newest book of memoirs, I Will Arise and Go Now: Reflections on the Meaning of Places and People, was released Feb.17 by Morehouse …

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A brief encounter

By late afternoon he came down out of the hills to a wooded valley. He noticed that the forest floor was tinder dry. Even this …

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