A pregnant girl is the focus of our preparations for Christmas. If not for Mary, there’d be no Child born unto us. Despite being an unwed teen mother, Mary comes to rejoice at her situation. And so, we give thanks that she was chosen to be made pregnant with the Lord, for our salvation. We All Should Be Pregnant We should all give birth to the Word of God. We should all be inspired by […]
We always talk about the cycle of violence. You know, that global cycle of violence that is played out in the ‘hood and favela, the shanty town and the slum, at home and abroad. It results in war and rumors of war…global wars and domestic wars. With all the advances in technology, the only solution the powers that be can provide is more war. We have wars on terror and wars on crime…wars on drugs […]
It is that time again, folks! New Years is upon us. It’s time to make resolutions that will be broken in a few days, weeks or months. I know: kind of cynical eh? But you know it’s true. Think about all the resolutions you’ve made over the years…all the habits you would break…all the new habits you would build. Most of these New Years resolutions revolve around healthy lifestyle changes. Such changes are great, on their […]
My son made a comment to one of his grandparents: “if I get another gift, I won’t fit in my room!” And the idiot dad that I am said: “Oh yea! Well, I can take them all back!” LOL Now that we’ve had a chance to open all of our presents and spend some time with them: it’s time to make some decisions. Which ones will go and which will stay. Gift returns: it’s the […]
A sermon from the Second Sunday of Advent, in preparation for the Incarnation, the text is taken from the Gospel of Luke 3:1-6. In this sermon, Fr. Ballentine encourages the faithful at St. Thomas Episcopal in Coral Gables, to be odd – as John the Baptist was odd and to Cry Out! in the wilderness around us…proclaiming the Glory of the Incarnate Lord!