Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.

Matthew 5:15

One of our lights went out last week. Dr. Bill Wahl died early Friday morning. He and Kim were active for many years in Ground Zero, the effort to close the nuclear submarine base across the sound in Bangor. We have grown comfortable that Mutually Assured Destruction will keep us safe. Yet on at least two instances it has been so only by the good sense of mid-level military commanders to ignore the signals from their systems of attacks that turned out to be non-existent. Now that the world seems full of national leaders whose sense seems questionable, people are getting uncomfortable again.

Bill once lamented that Ground Zero seems to have been for nought. I don’t think so. The early years of most social movements are mostly met with indifference. William Lloyd Garrison published The Liberator for 31 years before slavery was abolished. His movement spawned the suffragettes who wouldn’t win the vote for another 52 years after that. Neither of these landmarks marked the end of the struggle to fulfill the American proposition that all are created equal. Social justice is a slow process. (Judging from the passage from Isaiah, one might argue that the Jews have been at it for 3000 years.) It requires immense faith.

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Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


Who, though he was in the form of God, Did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness.

Monday, April 6, 2020
The Gospel readings today are long, both the Entry Into Jerusalem and the Passion Narrative are very long, too long for me to summarize in a few... Read More

“When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.”

Saturday, April 4, 2020
His good friend Lazarus has died, and just to make sure he’s good and dead, Jesus delays his arrival in Bethany for two days. When he finally... Read More

“If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.” Jesus to some Pharisees at the end of the controversy over the Man Born Blind

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Once upon a time I was working in another parish sitting with some volunteers as we waited for an event to begin. Somehow idle chatter turned to... Read More

Novena of Grace Goes Online!

Sunday, March 15, 2020
The Ignatian Spirituality Center hosts a Novena of Grace every Lent. The pandemic closed down the live events so they went online this year. The... Read More

When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
This is the end of the Woman at the Well story in John. Jesus has met this Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well at noon. She is there because... Read More

“Rise and do not be afraid.” Jesus to Peter, James and John after the transfiguration

Friday, February 28, 2020
There it is again, the angelic comfort, “Do not be afraid.” This time, however, it comes from Jesus, who is pulling his inner circle... Read More

The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Oh, my. The story of The Fall. St Augustine says that evil arises from choosing the lesser good. The tree offered food, beauty, wisdom but it... Read More

For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Wow. Let that settle in. Even the depths of God???!!!  Those of you who missed the talk by Fr. Michael Raschko (retired professor of... Read More