Ponderings

Creating, Not Possessing – Priestly Pondering, 10/8/17

Vida Dutton Scudder is remembered this week for the passion she brought to the study of Anglican theology.  We also remember her commitment to fight against human greed.  Her ministry is perhaps best summed up in the following quotation: “It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.”  In a culture that so deeply values material possessions – often in a way that is contrary to the words of Jesus – how are we challenged by Vida Dutton Scudder’s words?  How might we respond to her challenge? Source: Ponderings Read more →

The Holy Bible – Priestly Pondering, 10/1/17

Two of the saints we remember this week are William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale.  Their special ministry was to translate the Holy Bible to English.  Before them, the Bible generally only appeared in Latin or Greek, making it inaccessible to most people.  Tyndale and Coverdale passionately believed in the beauty and the power of Holy Scripture and they wanted to make the Bible meaningful for as many people as possible.  Are there parts of the Holy Bible that are especially meaningful to you?   Source: Ponderings Read more →

Vincent de Paul – Priestly Pondering, 9/24/17

Vincent de Paul is honored among Christians this week for his many good deeds in the service of God’s Kingdom.  He is particularly remembered for his devotion to serving people who are poor.  Vincent showed special compassion for people on the margins of society and trained priests and nuns to serve those most in need.  His vocation – his calling from God – was to be the light of Christ to people who are poor, even those in desperate situations.  Some of us can identify with Vincent’s particular vocation but hopefully all of us know how God is calling us. ... Read more →

Vincent de Paul – Priestly Pondering, 9/24/17

Vincent de Paul is honored among Christians this week for his many good deeds in the service of God’s Kingdom.  He is particularly remembered for his devotion to serving people who are poor.  Vincent showed special compassion for people on the margins of society and trained priests and nuns to serve those most in need.  His vocation – his calling from God – was to be the light of Christ to people who are poor, even those in desperate situations.  Some of us can identify with Vincent’s particular vocation but hopefully all of us know how God is calling us. ... Read more →

Hildegard of Bingen – Priestly Pondering, 9/17/17

Hildegard of Bingen is remembered in the Christian calendar of saints this week.  She was a truly remarkable woman whose interests ranged from theology and ethics to science and music.  Hildegard is predominantly remembered for a written record of her spiritual life as well as musical compositions and medical innovations.  When Hildegard died in 1179, she left behind a wonderful legacy of correspondence with famous people, even popes!  From Hildegard, we learn about the value of using God’s gifts for God’s service.  Surely God has shared many gifts with you – once you discover them, how will you use them... Read more →