A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Old Testament: Isaiah 49:8–15

Psalter: Psalm 145:8–19

Gospel: John 5:19–29
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O Lord our God, you sustained your ancient people in the wilderness with bread from heaven: Feed now your pilgrim flock with the food that endures to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Old Testament: Ezekiel 47:1–9, 12

Psalter: Psalm 46:1–8

Gospel: John 5:1–18
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O God, with you is the well of life, and in your light we see light: Quench our thirst with living water, and flood our darkened minds with heavenly light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Some Things Are "Just in the Blood"

From the time he was young, C.S. Lewis loved imaginary lands inhabited by clothed animals. When he was just six years old he began his writing career creating the imaginary world called Boxen. Along with his brother Warren (Warnie), Lewis filled that magical place with all sorts of animals dressed from different times in history, but in particular he emphasized costumes from the medieval period. His brother Warnie wanted the animals' dress to be more contemporary.

Scriptures and Prayer for Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

Old Testament: Isaiah 65:17–25

Psalter: Psalm 30:1–6, 11–13

Gospel: John 4:43–54
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O Lord our God, in your holy Sacraments you have given us a foretaste of the good things of your kingdom: Direct us, we pray, in the way that leads to eternal life, that we may come to appear before you in that place of light where you dwell for ever with your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Scriptures and Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Old Testament: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalter: Psalm 23

Epistle: Ephesians 5:8-14

Gospel: John 9:1-41
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Discerner of hearts, you look beneath our outward appearance and see your image in each of us.
Banish in us the blindness that prevents us from recognizing truth, so we may see the world through your eyes and with the compassion of Jesus Christ who redeems us. Amen.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday at the Cinema: The Secret to Self-Control

Scriptures and Prayer for the Anunciation

Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-14

Psalter: Psalm 45 or Psalm 40:5-10

Epistle: Hebrews 10:4-10

Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
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God of impossibilities, you chose to enter human flesh through the one who called herself lowly. Teach us who daily receive announcements of Christ's coming to live as Mary did, trusting in your power to bring your desire to fulfillment. Amen.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Even Serpents Have to Get Away Once in a While

That's not carry-on: Snake gets loose on Alaska flight

From Associated Press
March 21, 2017 12:30 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A snake carried onto a commuter airplane flying between Alaska communities caused a commotion this past weekend.

Anchorage television station KTVA (http://bit.ly/2naakIM ) reports that the loose snake was spotted Sunday on a 90-minute Ravn Alaska flight between Aniak (AN-ee-ak) in southwest Alaska and Anchorage.

Photos show a pale snake about 4 to 5 feet long curled up under a carry-on bag. Another shows a flight attendant placing it into a trash bag.

Ravn Alaska spokesman William Walsh says a passenger violated airline policy by bringing the snake aboard. He didn't confirm the type of snake or whether the passenger could face charges.

Walsh says the airline prohibits rodents and reptiles, including snakes, from being used as emotional support animals. Snakes aren't found in most of Alaska.

The flight landed as scheduled in Anchorage.
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Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.com

Scriptures and Prayer for Friday in the Third Week of Lent

Old Testament: Hosea 14:1–9

Psalter: Psalm 81:8–14

Gospel: Mark 12:28–34
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Grant us, O Lord our Strength, a true love of your holy Name; so that, trusting in your grace, we may fear no earthly evil, nor fix our hearts on earthly goods, but may rejoice in your full salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.