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I learned one valuable liturgical lesson living in the southern California desert for nine years: Deserts do bloom! It’s not a miracle but a fact of nature. A desert is geologically defined as a place that is very short on water, so some years spring comes and there is no bloom. You have to wait for the flowers. You have to be patient. You have to believe in the colors and soft textures that seem impossible to produce out of brown sticks and sand. But when there’s enough water, maybe in two years or three, the desert will bloom. Cactuses, shrubs, trees of many varieties will summon up purples, pinks, yellows, golds and scarlets you can hardly imagine. Soft, gentle petals out of prickly . . .
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, December 15, 2013
Preaching the News
A story we are watching this week . . .
Please note:The final version of Preaching in Light of the News is posted each week on Thursday morning
Farewell to a world leader This Sunday’s Advent readings are all about patience: the kind a farmer needs waiting for the precious fruits of the earth, the kind the prophets exhibited when enduring hardship in the name of the Lord. The world bids farewell this week to South Africa's Nelson Mandela, who patiently endured 27 years of incarceration under his nation’s former apartheid regime only to emerge to become president of his country and a leader on the world stage. He died December 5 at the age of 95.
There's no "mystery" when it comes to faith and reason
Faith and reason are not at loggerheads, as much modern cultural understanding . . . Read more...