Don’t Break the Bowl: Straight Talk for a Busy Soul — Even the Sparrow

We pulled into the school parking lot and swung open our van doors to let in the kids pile in, fresh from school and ready for snacks, sports practices, and all the activities of each evening. My friend smiled as they scurried around us, backpacks and water bottles flying. “How are you?” she asked, and…

Don’t Break the Bowl: Straight Talk for a Busy Soul — Even the Sparrow

An excellent piece shared from Claire Dwyer’s blog – Even the Sparrow.

Morning of Reflection – St Peter Church Danbury CT

Religion and Ritual

Religion and Ritual is the Sept. topic. Today we often hear the statement, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” Yet from the beginning of humankind peoples were religious and created rituals to honor or supplicate their gods. We will look at this reality and examine the role of religion for us. Join Yvette Lessard in the Parish hall of St Peter Church on Main St. in Danbury CT, Thurs. Sept. 12 from 10-11:45 AM



Malta House

Helping Homeless, Pregnant Moms

Malta House promotes the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mother of all faiths and their children. This is possible through the generosity of many. Representatives came to St Peter Church last Sunday to share their mission and needs and to say thank you for helping to provide a safe home for mothers and their babies. Please visit their website at to see how you can be involved.



He Came to Help Us Carry our Burdens

The publication The Word Among Us has always been a favorite for me and today’s was excellent.  Read it below.  #Jesus  #JesusChrist

Meditation: Isaiah 50:4-9 

Wednesday of Holy Week – April 17, 2019 

I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard. (Isaiah 50:6) 

Amazing, isn’t it? This one single verse sounds so much like Jesus’ passion—and not just the event of his scourging at the pillar. The humility and generosity of the servant in this verse beautifully captures Jesus’ heart as he endured his entire arrest, trial, and crucifixion. 

Imagine what Jesus must have felt when he heard these words proclaimed in the synagogue. He must have realized at some point that they referred not only to the ancient prophet but to himself. Maybe it struck him with terror. Or perhaps, because he was the Son of God, it didn’t bother him at all. 

The truth probably lies somewhere between these two extremes. Being human, Jesus naturally experienced great distress about what was awaiting him. But then in his divinity, he could pray with complete confidence: “The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced” (Isaiah 50:7). So while he certainly felt great apprehension over what lay ahead of him, he also found strength knowing that his Father would never abandon him. 

There’s a parallel here to our lives. We can’t see into the future, but we do know that we all have our own share of hardships to deal with. It could be major, like the death of a loved one, or minor, like being stuck in a traffic jam for three hours. The magnitude of the challenge is not as important as how we deal with it. We can either fret about it or try our best to place it in the Father’s hands as Jesus did. 

Know that in surrendering your hardships to God, you can expect to do more than just endure them. You will find new confidence knowing that 

Easter Sunday will come for you just as it did for Jesus. You will find strength in the knowledge that “all things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28). Jesus didn’t come to add to your burdens. He came to carry them with you. Remember: he walked the road to Calvary precisely so that he could walk with you today! 

“Lord, I trust that you will keep me in perfect peace as I meditate on all that you have done for me.” 

Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34  

Matthew 26:14-25 


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