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San Marino Tribune Articles

In late 2015 Canon Woodward began contributing articles to the San Marino Tribune. They are also published in full here.

FLATLAND

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on for March 2nd, 2018. According to the narratives in Genesis, embellished through generations, Abram is given a new name by God at age ninety-nine, and his wife Sarai also. They had begun life in Ur of the Chaldees, a prosperous city in contemporary Iraq. It was most unusual for a first-born…

ST. VALENTINE’S DAY

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on for February 9, 2018. Saint Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love in the work of the 14th Century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, best known for his ‘Canterbury Tales,’ but he was a fellow who remained very much smitten by his wife his whole life long. Now secularized, Valentine’s Day…

MANIFESTATION

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on for January 19, 2018. In last Sunday’s reading from the Hebrew Scripture, the boy Samuel is ministering to the Lord in the Temple. We are told right away that “the word of the LORD was rare in those days,” and also that “Samuel did not yet know the LORD.” Samuel hears…

Opportunity Now!

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on for November 17, 2017. The classical Greeks drew the picture of their hero Opportunity with one forelock of hair hanging long over his forehead. Opportunity was not balding…he had a great shock of hair hanging down to his eyebrows. When Opportunity approached, you had to reach-out and seize him by the…

El Camino

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on for September 15, 2017. The Camino de Santiago is the well-trod pilgrimage route across the Pyrenees from France to the great cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in the northwest of Spain. I have a few friends who have made that difficult 500 mile trek, as some 100,000 folk do each year.…

TRUE NORTH

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on for April 21, 2017. When I lived in Santa Barbara, I had a friend with a handsome sailboat. The boat required an inordinate amount of his time to maintain…it seemed to me more obsession than pleasure craft. Though, when I was aboard for one of his sails out to the Channel…

SOLITUDE

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on for March 31rd, 2017. “Deep Lent” is upon us. We’ve not quite arrived at Holy Week, but those who have “given up” something for Lent are beginning to feel a bit strained by whatever discipline may have been assumed in preparation for Easter! To make the most of Lent, to make…

BECOME AN ABOLITIONIST THIS LENT

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on for March 3rd, 2017. Many are familiar with the Lenten disciplines of prayer, study, fasting and almsgiving that have for centuries characterized the forty days of preparation leading to the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. These disciplines require intention and shape the hearts of individuals and communities…