Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:45-46 There’s something about seeing– experiencing– a thing first-hand that is more compelling than having someone tell you … Continue reading Why You Should Come & See
Why is it so hard for us to do the right thing? Sure, there are occasionally situations where we’re faced with some moral ambiguity, but most of the time, we make it harder than it is. If you ever listen to those founts of all modern wisdom, Dr. Laura Schlesinger on the radio or Judge Judy on TV, you know what I mean. Dr. Laura … Continue reading Homily for the 15th Sunday, July 14, 2013
So last night I went to see the revival of Pippin at the. Music Box theater. A reworking of the 1970s classic, this version is directed by Diane Paulus (Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess). I’ve always been a huge fan of Pippin, coming as it did at a time in my life when the character Pippin’s search for an “extraordinary” life appealed very strongly to my … Continue reading Magic to do!
Our language is full of expressions that reward individual initiative, and see that as a model of leadership. The early bird catches the worm. Take the bull by the horns. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. God helps those who help themselves. (That last one isn’t in the Bible, by the way. It’s from Benjamin Franklin.) Our culture values the go-getter, the entrepreneur, and the … Continue reading Homily for Oct. 21, 2012
Every once in a while we get a set of scripture reading for a Sunday that make it really hard to croak out that “Thanks be to God” at the end of the reading. It can be a real challenge to search out some good news in a set of readings that seem so rigid and unbending. But that’s where we are today, so here … Continue reading Homily for Oct. 7, 2012.
One of the things critical to understanding Catholicism is that ours is an embodied and sacramental faith. Our Christianity isn’t just a head trip, or some intellectual construct; it permeates our physical reality, our world, and our own bodies. In our best moments, this challenges us to integrate body, mind, and spirit, and to put all of those in God’s service. But over 2000 years … Continue reading Feast of St. Januarius
< div style=”margin: 0 0 10px 0; padding: 0; font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.6em;”> Our property on Lake George is teeming with wildlife. I’ve had several encounters with deer, a coyote, bats, and thousands of chipmunks. This Barred Owl is the coolest fauna yet. He he nests near our chapel, and just after dusk comes out to hunt. That should help the chipmunk problem! Continue reading Barred Owl
It’s hard to believe that my dad passed into eternal life two years ago today. The memory of his final week is such a stark, vivid recollection, and the intervening two years have gone by so quickly, with so many changes! They say that you never really finish grieving the loss of a parent (or a child or spouse, for that matter). Mostly, I’m fine. … Continue reading +Clifton C. Rice, Two Years Ago Today.
Wheels off the Wagon Originally uploaded by lrice I spent a little time this afternoon with my friend John Remy. We occasionally wander off into the rural Ohio countryside looking for ruined barns, farm equipments, or bits of rural decay to shoot. This was my best shot of the day, taken kinda off-handedly where we parked to car, on the way to shoot something up … Continue reading Wheels off the Wagon
Last week, for the Thanksgiving weekend, I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law in Syracuse, NY. It was a glorious weekend, filled with family, fun, food, and an abundance of gluten-free pastry. On Sunday afternoon I departed, and began the drive to Washington DC, for the Paulist General Council meeting. Unfortunately, my iPad stayed behind in Syracuse. Honestly, it’s rare that I don’t visit my … Continue reading The Tale of the Traveling iPad