Once in Royal David’s City…

Probably my favorite Christmas carol is a poem written in the 19th century and put to music and made popular by the Lessons & Carols of King’s College Chapel in Cambridge.  It usually begins with a solo voice singing the first verse and crescendos to full choir and organ by the last.  It describes the humble origins of Jesus birth and goes on to describe Christ’s purpose for coming and our purpose in following him.  The last line of the last verse of the song reads:  And He leads His children on, to the place where He is gone.  Are… Read More

The wolf shall be the guest of the lamb

The Twilight Zone was a television series that ran for a few years in the early 1960’s.  Created by Rod Serling, the program is described by Wikipedia as “unrelated stories depicting paranormal, futuristic, kafkaesque, or otherwise disturbing or unusual events.”(I really love that description!)  If you have never watched an episode, just Google it and enjoy (if that is what one can do watching something described as ‘kafkaesque!)  What was largely popular about the series was its ability to describe scenarios that seemed totally impossible, but in some way very attractive.  I feel the same way about this Sunday’s first… Read More

INRI

INRI Duke is full of acronyms.  I stumbled my first year trying to get them all right, but now I can sling them around with the best of them.  I’ve even made up a few fake ones and have watched as people simply nod their heads, assuming that the acronym I’ve made up actually has some meaning.  There was a time I even tried to make DUKE an acronym – don’t ask – it was a failed and well mocked attempt!  Acronyms help us to compact a lot into a little, and nowhere is that more evident than in one… Read More

Meanwhile, back on planet earth…

I love the comedian Frank Caliendo.  He does great impersonations of everyone from former football TV broadcaster John Madden to President Bush and everyone in between.  But one voice he does is a faceless narrating voice from past cartoons and superhero TV shows that would often transition from one scene to another with the phrase “Meanwhile…”.  Caliendo places the voice into some of his bits to humorously transition from one joke to the next.  It is priceless!  I wonder if that voice is heard in heaven as they are having the party of a lifetime while the rest of us… Read More

What’s it really gonna be like…

As a kid our family always took a one week vacation to the beach – Ocean City, MD.  We were fortunate in our neighborhood because many families didn’t have that luxury, even though our vacation was in no way over the top.  However, one year my dad offered us the possibility of going to the newly opened Disney World in FL, but with a catch: if we chose to go Disney, there would be no trip to Ocean City for two years (to cover the additional cost).  My sisters and I decided in about 3 seconds…no to Disney!  We had… Read More

Family Breeds Humility…

If familiarity breeds contempt, then a corollary must be that family breeds humility!  As much as I love my Franciscan family as well as my biological one, there have been times when I was less than enamored with them and they with me.  While contempt is a strong word, I am sure that all of us can say we have shared a few family feuds.  Even if those arguments lasted but a moment, the result of those battles has often been a deeper sense of humility.   If my family can see my faults, and can help me to see them,… Read More