Posts by Fr. Lawrence Farley

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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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Keeping Our Kids Christian

Nothing helps foster humility like parenthood.  New furniture may come out of the box from Ikea with a set of assembly instructions for clueless people…

Nov 18, 2013
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In Praise of Old Women

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Church of England comes to the rescue.  This summer a couple was married in the church of St. Mary’s and…

Nov 11, 2013
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The Horns of Hattin

On a July 4 almost a thousand years ago, in the year of our Lord 1187, a multitude of men clad in the Cross died in despair on a hill in Palestine. Their…

Sep 30, 2013
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A Church Obsessed?

The love affair between the media and Pope Francis continues.  There is much to admire about the new Pope, such as his humble decision to take public…

Sep 19, 2013
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Evolution or Creation Science?

In my years as a priest and of sharing the Gospel, I have heard many reasons offered for not becoming a Christian: scandals associated with clergy, the…

Sep 15, 2013
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God’s Daily Gift: the Changing Stream

I am, as those who know me well will attest, almost pathologically nostalgic, so that if someone created a 12-step program to cure nostalgia, I would certainly…

Aug 20, 2013
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