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When I retired on Trinity Sunday 2015, I changed St. Blogory's subtitle to reflect my new status and continued linguistic loyalties (French and Welsh): The internet café d’un prêtre à la retraite (for the French, retirement is "retreat") ac o offeiriad wedi ymddeol.
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on Genesis 1:1-2:4a, which you can read by clicking here; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, which you can read by clicking here; and St.... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on The Acts of the Apostles 2:1-21, which you can read by clicking here; and St. John's Gospel 20:19-23, which you can... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on two Gospels: St. Luke's story of Jesus' Ascension, chapter 24, verses 44-53; and Jesus' final words to his disciples at the... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on the Gospel of St. John 14:15-21; to read the passage, please click here. ALLELUIA. CHRIST IS RISEN! THE LORD IS RISEN,... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on the Gospel of St. John 14:1-14; to read the passage, please click here. ALLELUIA. CHRIST IS RISEN! THE LORD IS RISEN,... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on the Gospel of St. John 10:1-10; to read the passage, please click here. ALLELUIA. CHRIST IS RISEN! THE LORD IS RISEN,... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on the Gospel of St. Luke 24:13-35, which you can read by clicking here. "Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on the Gospel of St. John 20:19-31, which you can read by clicking here. ALLELUIA! CHRIST IS RISEN. THE LORD IS RISEN... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. This sermon is based on the Gospel of St. John 20:1-18, which you can read by clicking here. ALLELUIA! CHRIST IS RISEN! THE LORD IS RISEN,... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of what is called the Triduum—three days— that is at the very heart and soul of our liturgical year. These liturgies... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. Some have said that Palm Sunday is "bittersweet." And that, I suppose, is as good a way as any of describing it. As it stands in... Continue reading
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Father Carlton Kelley is the Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grayslake, IL. His sermon is based on the following Gospel readings, each of which you can read by clicking on it: John 4:5-42, John 9:1-41, and John 11:... Continue reading
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Dad was always proud of his 10th Mountain Division service. Dad died on the anniversary of D-Day in 2014, and in the following year I discovered the 10th Mountain Division Descendants and Friends Facebook page, and through that group contacted... Continue reading
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From the author of the Serenity Prayer: “O God, who has made us the creatures of time, so that every tomorrow is an unknown country, and every decision a venture of faith: Grant us, frail children of the day, who... Continue reading
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Father Barron was the Extended Stay Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grayslake. He preached this sermon on his last Sunday at St. Andrew's, the Fourth Sunday after Easter, May 12, 2019, on Mother's Day "We gather in a small... Continue reading
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What is your Picture of God? What is your picture of God when it comes to suffering from the consequences of living in a Real World with Real People? Is it Jesus' picture of God? "Is there anyone among you... Continue reading
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Examining the Relationship Between Sin and Suffering Yesterday's post concluded with this paragraph: "Living among Real People puts us at risk in other ways— environmental pollution (pesticides, lead-based paint, asbestos, and smoking); road rage; drug abuse; antibiotic misuse, producing new... Continue reading
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The Terribly Wrong Idea of Sickness as God's Judgment or Punishment Another terribly wrong idea developed over time— that sickness was not only God's will; it was also God's judgment. And the idea that sickness is God's judgment was reflected... Continue reading
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How Did this Distinction Between Unchosen and Chosen Suffering Get so Muddled? Over the centuries most if not all of our Churches, and most if not all Christians, lost sight of the crucial distinction between Suffering for the Kingdom of... Continue reading
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Two Kinds of Suffering— Unchosen and Chosen People who are struggling with terrible and terrifying sicknesses or injuries often draw on traditional folk sayings, family proverbs, and other cultural expressions to help them cope in the face of their suffering.... Continue reading
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Theodicy Pronunciation Guide: The the- in theodicy is pronounced like the the- in theology. The -odicy in theodicy is pronounced like Homer's Odyssey. Now we turn our attention to Theodicy, the justification of God in the face of evil, from... Continue reading
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Anthropology We usually think of cultural or social or physical anthropology, but there is also the religious anthropology of the Psalmist who asks God, "What are human beings that you are mindful of them?" (Psalm 8:4). There are two major... Continue reading
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Part 1: Introduction. In the summer of 1976 I began my Clinical Pastoral Education (or CPE) training at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. On my first day I was assigned to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to see a young... Continue reading
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As we leave the celebrations which began at Christmas, and prepare to enter Lent and it's call "to prayer, to trust and dedication" while "God brings new beauty nigh," here's a spiritual feast of prayers to parallel the physical feast... Continue reading
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This is an edited compilation of excerpts from two sources, with additions to provide details and context. These primary sources are: Sebastian Brock, 1990, The Holy Spirit as Feminine in Early Syriac Literature (http://www.womenpriests.org/theology/brock.asp) and Steve Santini, 2001, The Feminine... Continue reading