Category Archives: Reflections

What is to become of the Confession?

Friends, I wanted to share with you that an article built on a piece I wrote for this blog has appeared on the well-regarded Covenant weblog of The Living Church magazine. It’s here if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

What is to become of the Confession?

Chanting vs Opera

music-notes-on-pageIt was the day before Christmas Eve. The single busiest day of the year for a clergy person. And instead of printing bulletins or polishing a sermon or even rushing around the over-crowded mall to pick up those last few stocking stuffers, I was sitting at the piano, plunking out the notes to a brand new piece of music. I hadn’t done this in years—hunching over the keyboard, pencil in hand to mark beats and breaths. I used to do this all day, working through opera scores trying to make little black notes into music. Continue reading

The Hardest Part of Being a Priest

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This past Monday, December 19th, I celebrated the first anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. In honor of the occasion, I thought I’d share what I have found the most difficult part of being a priest, the thing I felt like no one warned me about or trained me for. And it is: when your baptismal vows and your ordination vows conflict. Continue reading