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Day by Day with Father Bill

Feb. 26: Day by Day with Father Bill

FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT -from the Inner Voice of Love by Fr Henri Nouwen   Whenever you feel lonely, you must try to find the source of this feeling. You are inclined either to run away from your loneliness or to dwell in it. When you run away from it, your loneliness does not […]

Feb. 25: Day by Day with Father Bill

THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT   O Sapientia* by Malcolm Guite   I cannot think unless I have been thought, Nor can I speak unless I have been spoken. I cannot teach except as I am taught, Or break the bread except as I am broken. O Mind behind the mind through which I seek, O Light […]

Feb. 24: Day by Day with Father Bill

WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT   It looks like the sky is coming apart and together at the same time by Maya Stein   And the body is holding its losses like a fist. And a fleshy hope is opening to an unprecedented vastness. And whatever we think we are leaving behind will keep […]

Feb. 23: Day by Day with Father Bill

TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (1928-2014) You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like […]

Feb. 22: Day by Day with Father Bill

FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF SAINT PETER, APOSTLE   “Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’” by Robert Hayden   Today as the news from Selma and Saigon poisons the air like fallout,      I come again to see the serene great picture that I love. Here space and time exist in light the eye like the eye of […]

Feb. 20/21: Day by Day with Father Bill – Weekend Edition

Here is the homily I preached on Ash Wednesday for your reflection and prayer as we begin the Holy Season of Lent through Desert Detours to Garden Gladness at Easter Time. On February 2, which was the halfway point in the season of winter, Groundhog Phil of Pennsylvania saw his shadow and announced that more […]

Feb. 19: Day by Day with Father Bill

FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY   -from Walking with Francis of Assisi: From Privilege to Activism by Bruce Epperly   I believe that Saint Francis of Assisi’s message is even more important in light of this most recent pandemic. Francis – and his spiritual sister, Clare – remind us we are all connected. The paths of greed, consumerism, individualism, and […]

Feb. 18: Day by Day with Father Bill

THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY   – from The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder by Father Richard Rohr, OFM   Let us be present to the now. It’s all we have and it’s where God will always speak to us. The now holds everything, rejects nothing and, therefore, can receive God, too. Help us, God, to be present to […]

Feb. 17: Day by Day with Father Bill

ASH WEDNESDAY   -from the Episcopal priest and poet, Malcolm Guite   Receive this cross of ash upon your brow, Brought from the burning of Palm Sunday’s cross; The forests of the world are burning now And you make late repentance for the loss. But all the trees of God would clap their hands, The […]

Feb. 16: Day by Day with Father Bill

TUESDAY OF THE SIXTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME   Snow Fall by May Sarton With no wind blowing It sifts gently down, Enclosing my world in A cool white down, A tenderness of snowing. It falls and falls like sleep Till wakeful eyes can close On all the waste and loss As peace comes in and […]

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