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Episode date: April 14, 2009
“Is this the day, mama?” asked Mary recently.
“The day for what, sweetheart?”
“The day I wear my Costco dress.”
I thought back on all I’d purchased over the last several months from that fantastical warehouse stocked with electronics, books, tube socks, oversized portions of food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and coffee – big, big bags of oily Kenyan coffee beans rich in color and aroma and…wait, what was I talking about? Oh yes, the Costco dress. As far as I could remember, I’d never bought one. But she insisted. My three-year-old was adamant and getting closer…
The Opinionated Tailor
Learning to Ski the Slopes of Lent
Episode date: April 16, 2009
Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a blessed Holy Week. This week finds us completing the race, so to speak, and drawing nearer to our goal of being present at the Cross and Resurrection. It’s a time for a small pause along our way as we gear up for the intense week ahead of us.
It’s also a time when many of us find ourselves reflecting on our Lenten experience. Did we go to the services we committed to? Did we fast as we agreed to with our family? Did we keep our prayer rule? Like many of you, I find myself reflecting on my spiritual progress…
Steve the Builder
Hope, a Paschal Reflection
Episode date: May 02, 2009
I vividly remember it was April of 1991. Easter week. I watched the evening news that evening. The Kurds, thousands of them, were camped on a mountainside fleeing Saddam Hussien’s murderous wrath. The camera slowly swept the mountainside taking in hundreds of them, sitting stone still, hollow eyed with hunger. I saw women staring into some private distance holding small children now skin on bone. The women look hollow hearted as they watch the flesh of their flesh begin to stare into the blue skies, their glassy eyes transfixed on some invisible point in space. The women sit and they helplessly wait for the gasp of a last…
The Opinionated Tailor
The Joy of Handcraft
Episode date: May 04, 2009
Hello and welcome to “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”.
Since I’ve been podcasting, I’ve been asked a lot of questions when someone meets me in person and figures out “Oh, you’re the priest’s wife who makes vestments!”. Things like “What is the Most Important Color for vestments?” or “Why do cassocks have all the fancy stitching?”. But in over a year, no-one, and I mean no-one, has asked me about the title of my podcast. “The Opinionated Tailor Talks Shop”? Well, they must think, I guess she is opinionated. But what is all this “opinionated tailor”…
Episode date: June 01, 2009
On the last day of a special Jewish feast, our Lord Jesus Christ stood up and said, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will go out from whoever believes in Me.” He was talking about the Holy Spirit whom He was going to send to help His followers after He went back to Heaven.
Some people who heard Jesus speak said, “He is really a prophet.” Some said, “He is the Christ!” Others said, “Will the Christ come from Galilee? Won’t the Christ be a descendant of King David and come from Bethlehem, where David was?” So the people did not agree with each other. Some even wanted to arrest…