Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Mark 9.2-13

I remember, or maybe I was told, how one day Little Nick clung to his mother’s leg for dear life. It was the first day of kindergarten, and I suppose I was wondering something like “What kind of madness is this? Am I supposed to leave the warmth and safety of Mom for a strange and scary world?” I don’t want to go.

Later, waking up one morning, and feeling a new love pressed close under the cozy blankets, I begin to think of certain responsibilities. “Do I really need to go to work today? Can’t I just stay here in bed, wonderfully entangled with my beloved under the covers. The world seems so cold and cruel by comparison.” I don’t want to go. Read More

Br. Jim WoodrumA sermon preached at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Paris, KY

Mark 9:2-13

The other day I was talking to one of my brothers and marveling about the fact that Lent was just around the corner.  It seems like yesterday that we were decorating the monastery chapel liturgically in blue for Advent in the excited anticipation of Christmas.  I mentioned to him in jest that Epiphany was almost over and I was a little panicky because I hadn’t had one yet.  He laughed, shook his head and said “You live in a monastery Jim, it could happen at any moment!”  Even though we were joking, it got me to thinking about the nature of epiphanies in contrast with the season of Epiphany.  According to the Merriam Webster dictionary an epiphany is:  a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.  In the church, Epiphany is a season beginning on January 6th when we celebrate Christ being made manifest to the world through the coming of the Magi to Bethlehem (epiphany, from the Greek, literally meaning manifestation). Read More

Read by Br. Jim WoodrumMark 9:2-13

I was marveling the other day that Lent is just around the corner.  Isn’t that amazing?  It seems like yesterday we were dressing this chapel liturgically in blue for Advent, in excited anticipation of Christmas.  Now, Epiphany is almost over and I’m getting a little panicky…..because I haven’t had one yet.  Maybe you can relate.  Have you had an epiphany during this church season of Epiphany?

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary an epiphany is:  a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.  In the church, Epiphany is a season beginning on January 6th when we celebrate Christ being made manifest to the world through the coming of the Magi to Bethlehem (epiphany, from the Greek, literally meaning manifestation). Read More