Bishop Carl’s Midweek Epistle

November 22nd, 2017 by
TO HAITI AND BACK
A short report
“On Nov 19th a regional vicariate of the Society was established in Port Au Prince. On this day Bishop Carl Buffington, Emissary Bishop of Boga, DRC, installed Fr. Burnet Cherisol as Episcopal Vicar, and received two clergy to serve in the Society. He confirmed 6 young people and received into the Communion 6 adults. The new work will be based at Holy Family Parish in Port au Prince which gathered today for the first time with over 100 Congregants.” Bishop Kevin Donlon
 
Dear All,
Fr. Gabriel Ipasu, Sheryl Curbow-Shaw and I met up with Bishop Kevin Donlon in Port au Prince, Haiti, this past weekend — each of us playing our parts as if we had rehearsed.
Sheryl, bringing her mission experience from New Covenant and Global Teams, shared with those forming this vicariate ideas for projects and plans for mission.  Fr. Gabriel, being fluent in French, fit right in and we still don’t know what he said about us in his sermon Sunday!  Bishop Kevin, bringing all the necessary paper work and all the pieces to the 3-hour liturgy, kept us on track and focused.  What a blessed time it was!
Fr. Burnet Cherisol, the Episcopal Vicar, is something of a local celebrity.  Everywhere we went, he knew people.  Even the security people at the airport just nodded and let us pass coming and going with him.  He was a professor at the local seminary and is a most capable leader, not to mention a really nice guy.
The pictures below: me introducing Fr. Burnet; all of us meeting all day Saturday, Gabriel preaching, and going into the service Sunday.
GIVING THANKS for your prayers and for allowing me to be part of this truly exciting adventure!
– A BLESSED THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!

Friday Epistle November 19 2017

November 19th, 2017 by
Proper 28, Yr A
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 123
1Thess 5:1-11
Matt 25:14-30
Last summer in anticipation of my time in India, Ivan sent me an email suggesting I use a scripture for my teaching at the Mission India Conference.  That passage was Matthew 25:14-30.  When Carl sent out the Clergy schedule and I looked at the lectionary, I assumed he chose this day for me because of that passage.  He, of course, had no idea that I had used that Matthew passage in India.  I see this as a confirmation of how God is leading us for Sunday.
Matthew 25: 14-30 points us to a number of ideas that are important to address today.  One of which is what the third servant did (and didn’t do) with the talent entrusted him.  He was called “lazy” by the master and he suffered loss.  It seems today people see work as a somewhat irrelevant to a healthy spiritual life or at best a necessary impediment to a full rich life.  This perspective is not biblical.  Further, the works of a spiritual sort (prayer, scripture reading, service, community, giving, confession, worship etc…) have in many ways atrophied from the great traditions of our past.  Since we are saved by faith alone, why would I do more?
If we are to have a rich and full life, work is an essential element.  In the same way, good food and exercise is essential to a healthy body so are works necessary for a healthy spiritual life.  Further, through the Matthew passage God is asking “what are you doing with the gifts you have been given?”  It is here we will begin our discussion.
Father Dave McDaniel

A Couple of Reflections on Humility

November 3rd, 2017 by

From Sunday’s gospel, Matthew 23.11-12.

 

“The greatest among you will be your servant.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

*From Mother Teresa:

 

*From Brennan Manning:

“The deeper we grow in the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the poorer we become – the more we realize that everything in life is a gift. The tenor of our lives becomes one of humble and joyful thanksgiving. Awareness of our poverty and ineptitude causes us to rejoice in the gift of being called out of darkness into wondrous light and translated into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son.”

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat Up, and Burnt  Out

 

Who is someone you consider to be humble?

What is it about them that exhibits humility?

Are there times when you felt humbled?

 

Consider this incident:

During World War II, Winston Churchill was awarding the Victoria Cross to an Air Force sergeant who had climbed out onto the wing of his bomber with only a rope attached to his waist – while it was 13,000 feet in the air. His efforts saved both the plane and his fellow crew members.

At the ceremony, the soldier was so overwhelmed by Churchill’s presence that he could barely speak. Churchill observed this and said, “You must be very humble and awkward in my presence,” to which the sergeant replied, “Yes, sir.”

Then the Prime Minister responded, “Then you can imagine how humble and awkward I feel in yours.

Blessings to You All!

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