Posts by Fr. Lawrence Farley

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Cake and Compassion in Arizona

Not so long ago, voices were raised and lawyers were sharpening their swords in America’s latest battle in the ongoing culture war. The owner of Masterpiece…

Mar 17, 2014
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The Tomb of Lazarus

It is easy to find the Tomb of Lazarus depressing. For one thing, it lies behind a formidable thirty-foot-high barrier, separating Palestinian Bethany…

Mar 04, 2014
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Nazareth

The worst thing, I thought, was the traffic. That and a sign we passed in our taxi announcing “Nazareth Baptist Church,” for these things loudly proclaimed…

Mar 03, 2014
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The Chapel of the Ascension: the Roof and the Ruins

The worst thing was the roof; the best things were the ruins. These were my thoughts as I stood at the Chapel of the Ascension on the summit of the Mount…

Feb 26, 2014
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Capernaum

There is not much left of Capernaum now. Its original Hebrew name was “kefr-nahum”, the “village of Nahum”, after a man who was doubtless the first…

Feb 24, 2014
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Bethlehem

Regardless of the time of year one visits, it is always Christmas in Bethlehem. For westerners like myself, approaching the little town of Bethlehem involves…

Feb 17, 2014
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Jerusalem: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

One day several years ago, before my own trip to the Holy Land, I asked a parishioner who had been there how he had liked the Church of the Holy Sepulchre…

Feb 10, 2014
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The Jordan River

The Jordan River does not just flow through the length of Palestine. It also flows through the length of the Christian Church. The Orthodox especially…

Feb 03, 2014
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Dracula and the Decline of Christian Power

Okay, okay, I admit it: I am big fan of Dracula movies, and have been ever since I was a little boy. Since the time I was allowed to sit up late on Friday…

Jan 31, 2014
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The Times They Are A-Changin’

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Recently I came across a news story that had everything: patriarchal men facing off against earnest feminists…

Dec 30, 2013
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Just Imagine, John Lennon

In the world’s hagiology, it seems that untimely demise bestows a scent of secular sanctity, that those who die before their time are endowed with the…

Dec 23, 2013
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Let No Man Put Asunder

We live in a culture of divorce. In North America, fully one half of all marriages end in divorce, and sometimes persons have several divorces, divorcing…

Dec 04, 2013
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