When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and stars that you set in place—
What is man that you are mindful of him,
and a son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him little less than a god,
crowned him with glory and honor. - Psalms 8:4-6
“Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return by sin to your former base condition.” - St. Leo the Great (Memorial was November 10)
The mornings feel a little different of late and I can sense something inside of me moving. Although I can’t quite hear it with my ...
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." - Hebrews 12:1
Fall is perhaps the season where it is easiest to perceive the glory of God in His creation. Particularly fall in New Hampshire. Even as a native, having witnessed the glorious transformation of our environment year after year, I still stand in awe and wonder at the beauty that surrounds me. Watching the seasons unfold and living the familiar routines we associ...Read More
“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth,
and the truth will set you free.” - John 8:31-32
Last week I was welcomed on the Steve Smith Podcast to discuss the school year thus far. Sometimes it is better not to formulate precisely what will be said ahead of a conversation, so as to enter into that conversation with authenticity. And then the question came from Mr. Smith, the same question Mrs. Sweet delved into the last newsletter. I am a stickler for first reactions, as those tend to be the most revealing of a person’s innermost thoughts and expe...Read More
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth." - John 1:14
The one question I have consistently been asked these past three weeks by family, friends, and even strangers is, "How has the school re-opening gone so far?"
The one word that consistently comes to my mind in response is: "Grace."
God’s grace has been abundant on campus: the smiling faces of the students as they exit their cars in the morning, the joy of renewed friendships, the sounds of laughter on the pla...Read More
"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope." - Jer 29:11
At some point, the hyperbolic speech will end. The shared idioms circulating in our civil discourse are so hard to repel from our conversations. Even now, sitting here trying to write something about what we are doing together is quite a challenge. How do we keep away those sentiments that are not really true or helpful? Can we avoid saying what everyone else is saying? Is it necessarily a bad thing to repeat what another has said?
This ...Read More
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in You." - Psalm 56:3
Who knew when we left school on March 13th that it would be almost six months before we could be together again?
The year 2020 has certainly thrown us some curve balls. So much has changed. Almost everything we do is now done differently -- the way we work, grocery shop, get haircuts, attend church services, travel, go to school, and interact with each other.
On a recent Sunday at Mass, we heard the story of Jesus walking on water to the frightened disciples who were in a boat being tossed about by a storm on the Sea of Galilee. Pete...Read More