Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

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San Marino Tribune Articles (Page 2)

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

INAUGURATION PRAYERS

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on January 20th, 2017. January has been a civically freighted month as outgoing President Barack Obama delivered himself of a final speech in which he reminded us that every American has a personal duty to pursue the preservation and extension of democracy. He quoted George Washington, calling a new-born nation to reject…

Dispossession

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on December 30th 2016. 2016 was the first year since 1978 that the 8 days of Hanukkah and the 12 days of Christmas began on the same date…December 24th. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is established in accord with a lunar calendar. This year the liturgical calendars from two related spiritual traditions…

Mentors

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on December 9th 2016. At age 19, I pitched my tent on a small banana farm next to the Episcopal Seminary in Montrouis, Haiti, 90 miles north of the teeming city of Port-au-Prince. I was one of five student interns involved in a rural health education and TB inoculation campaign, and I…

Reconciliation

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on November 18th, 2016. St. Paul’s Greek word for “reconciliation,” (katallage), means “changing enemies into friends.” The core of the witness of the life of Jesus, St. Paul affirmed, was the demonstration that God has a bond and friendship with human beings, and that we are to express this bond in our…

Autumn Triduum

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on October 28th, 2016. Last June, on parish pilgrimage in England, we heard a lot of chatter about “The Big Dig” going on underneath London. As metropolitan London expands upward and outward, new footings have to be dug for sky-scrapers, and fresh holes bored for an increasingly connected transportation system. London’s “Tube”…

Qoheleth

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on July 29th, 2016. The Book of Ecclesiastes has been called one of the strangest books in the Bible…at least by those who expect Scripture to trade in pious nostrums. The author of the Ecclesiastes, who calls himself “Qoheleth,” is a pragmatic pessimist. He is a fellow possessed of intellectual gifts, social…

Bless our Mothers

This article was originally published in the San Marino Tribune on May 6th, 2016. One Mother’s Day when I was ten, I walked five rainy-day miles to Peg Stevens Florist along Kenny Road; the best florist around in my mother’s estimation. Mrs. Stevens helped me select flowers, and I paid her with pocket money I’d socked away shoveling snow around our cul-de-sac…