Have a prayer request?

Every Saturday, Steven Charleston and friends, gather prayer requests from folks like you and me and offer prayers throughout the day for folks like you and me. I have both asked for prayers and joined the friends of Steven in praying throughout the day. I invite you to do the same. We are all connected …

Today is our day for prayer requests. Please leave your request here. I will pray with you and I know many others in our community will too. If you are joining us in these prayers for the first time please note that we use the “like” option only to let our friends know that we are praying with them. May God be with us all. Go to Steven’s Timeline (you may have to ‘Friend’ him).

 

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From The Telegraph (4/21/2013) with the tagline “Senior Catholic cardinals appointed by Pope Francis to shake up the Vatican’s secretive bureaucracy have called for more key jobs at the Holy See to be handed to women and fewer jobs to be given to Europeans.”

What? Me? A shepherd?

Yesterday (4/21/2013–”Earth Sunday”) Katharine Jefferts-Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, offered the homily at the National Cathedral. She called me, and you, followers of the Way (that began in Creation and continues—in Love—into our own day with the promise of more to come). Listen:

The 23rd psalm may seem like a romantic idyll, but it’s profoundly about what sheep need – food, water, rest, and the ability to fend off predators. The psalmist describes behavior that is just as essential to human thriving as it is for sheep or goats. In order for any human community to be effective or live in productive harmony, it needs leadership. When we start to talk about godly leadership, or shepherds like Jesus, we mean guidance toward what will nurture the life of the community as well as away from what will threaten or end the project. Good shepherding is life-giving and sustaining, and in the kind of language we use around here, it’s eternal. It is about what is ultimate, gracious, and abundantly life-giving. It seeks the welfare of the whole community, not simply the desires of an individual.

This kind of holy shepherding is meant for all of us, in all our variety.

This kind of holy shepherding is meant for all of us, in all our variety. We aren’t meant to march in lockstep, but to use the varied gifts of our creation and circumstances to gather others and move toward that kind of abundant life ….

Read the complete text of her homily Presiding Bishop uses Earth Day to call for ‘holy shepherding.’ The video of this homily is here.

May we have the grace in our own day to shepherd wisely and well, may we be ‘holy shepherds—a blessing to each other and to all the created order.

About another Pope and another time

When people think of the Vatican and World War II, they think immediately of Pius XII, the controversial pontiff between 1939 and 1958. But before him, there was a little-remembered pope, Pope Pius XI, who was loudly outspoken against the Nazis and was determined to call the world’s attention to their atrocities. “The Pope’s Last Crusade” tells that story, along with that of the pope’s partnership with an American Jesuit, which breaks new ground about war-time conspiracies within the Vatican.

Book Cover: The Pope's Last CrusadeI’ll confess: Pope Pius XI was no more than a name of a 20th century pope memorized at some point for someone testing me no doubt. I am grateful to the post by Peter Eisner, the author of The Pope’s Last Crusade. On Huffington Post’s Religion Blog, Eisner’s post is enough of an introduction to make me want to find out more about the Pius XI and what he said.

As Pope Francis I opens eyes and excites the world with hope, and even though it is now more than 70 years since Pope Pius XI, this short post makes me understand anew that whether we like it or not the Pope (the Bishop of Rome) has an influence—for better or worse—on world affairs. Likewise, the Pope can only exercise his ministry with the support of those around him.

Read: Pope Pius XI’s Last Crusade

Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This day (April 9) the Episcopal Church remembers Lutheran Pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Much has been written and more will still be written. His own words continue to inspire me and so many others:

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.

A search will reveal just how much of his writing is on the internet. May the words you hear change the things you do: for the common good and the glory of God.

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About a ‘pope-less’ (Roman Catholic) church

This is the AP summary of the main administrators leading (and being the public face of) the Roman Catholic church, now pope-less. This was part of our discussion in the Sunday Morning Forum on 3/3/13.

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Passing along a prayer request

The Anglican Peace and Justice Network has relayed a prayer request from the Bishop whose churches include those in East Belfast. Please add your prayers to mine for the return of Peace.