Spirituality

Fr. Glenn: Give Peace A Chance.

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

You know … if snarling at other people was a virtue, these days our cup would runneth over with saints. In the press, on the street, in emails, and certainly in social media, is constant harangue: “The sky is blue!” “You moron; it’s turquoise!” “Fool! It’s azure!!” Or: “Nazi! How dare you disagree with me by making a wholly reasonable and logical argument!!” Sigh. Agreement seems as rare as a snowball in…August. And we wonder why we can’t achieve world peace. Duh.

Ah … peace; how desirable, yet how very elusive. We long for peace in our homes, at our work, in our nation, on earth. In


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Father Theophan: The Golden Rule

This mouse is part of artwork created by Fr. Theophan’s children and others. Photo by Fr. Theophan 

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

Thankfully it’s not that cold.

This morning, in robe and slippers, right out of bed, I snuck down to the garage. The kiln had reached cone 6 yesterday evening and had been cooling throughout the night. It’s a surprise each time, it’s a gift each time. There’s nothing better than opening a successful firing. (To be fair, there is hardly anything worse than opening a bad one.) But today, everything survived.

Four mugs out of this firing


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Fr. Glenn: My Brother. My Captain. My King!

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, a very happy and blessed Easter/Easter season to all of you. Oh, how I miss having a parish at this time of year … the thrill of this holiest day of the Christian annual cycle as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, ushering in a blooming hope for eternity with Him and the Father in the eternal life that we are made for.

It’s always such a joy to see families in their celebratory splendor … the ladies in their spring finest, the little ones frantically seeking out the Easter eggs and other goodies lain out for them in the greening grass and blossoming flowers of the church


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White Rock Presbyterian Church Invites Community To Virtual Easter Vigil Premiering At 8 p.m. Saturday April 3

Pastor Deb Worley in front of White Rock Presbyterian Church in White Rock. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com

WRPC News:

White Rock Presbyterian Church (WRPC ) invites the Los Alamos community to share in a time of worship during Holy Week with a virtual Easter Vigil.

The service will be available on YouTube premiering at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 3;  Click here for the link. The service can be viewed on demand after its premiere.

WRPC at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock welcomes people of all ages, from all faith backgrounds, younger and older, of all ethnicities and cultures, new to the Christian


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United Church Of Los Alamos Celebrates Easter Virtually

The United Church of Los Alamos at 2525 Canyon Road across from the Nature Center. Courtesy/UCLA

UCLA News:

The United Church of Los Alamos (UCLA) invites everyone to join them for a joyous celebration of the Resurrection and Communion at 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 4, online at www.unitedchurchla.org or Youtube/UnitedChurchofLosAlamos

The community also is invited to join United Church, 9:30 a.m. Sundays, for streamed worship services at www.unitedchurchla.org.

Recorded Sunday morning services are also televised 7 p.m. Sundays on PAC 8.

The United Church is at 2525 Canyon Road across


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Fr. Glenn: Against The Current

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

And so … a great many Christians enter Holy Week this weekend (March 27-28), beginning with Passion (“Palm”) Sunday this Sunday (March 28), going into Holy Thursday, Good Friday and culminating in Easter Sunday. It’s “a great many” Christians because the Eastern Orthodox Churches celebrate Easter by the older Julian calendar, while denominations of most western Christian traditions calculate Easter using the modern Gregorian calendar, and as falling on the: 1) first Sunday 2) after the first full moon 3) after (or on) the spring equinox. We could also discuss the timing


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Father Theophan: Learning

A cup created by Father Theophan. Photo by Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

Although I had been waiting for it for months, yesterday, it came as a surprise when I was able to
receive my COVID-19 vaccine. I’m grateful and a little sore today and the light at the end of the tunnel
seems a little brighter at the moment. It’s been an interesting year to say the least, equal parts fear,
frustration, and growth.

For many, I’m sure, this past year was an unmitigated disaster. Losing loved ones, losing one’s job,
losing connections with friends and family, none


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Freedom Church Los Alamos Hosts Easter Service At Pond

Freedom Church News:

The community is invited to celebrate Easter Sunday, April 4 at Ashley Pond with Freedom Church in Los Alamos.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to offer an outdoor Easter service for Los Alamos during this season.” explained Pastor Mike Brake.

“Los Alamos County is in the turquoise, the weather forecast for Easter looks favorable, and the ability to have a beautiful venue like Ashley Pond where we can meet in-person, celebrate and worship together, all while staying socially distanced and COVID-safe is priceless.”

Freedom Kids Director, Seth Evans elaborated that,


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La Vista Church Hosts Easter Sensory Experience April 4

La Vista Church News:

Experience the Easter story like never before … La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock is hosting an Easter Sensory Experience 1-4 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 4.

Move through interactive sensory stations with one’s family or a group of 12 or fewer at one’s own pace. Experience stations that engage the senses of smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch, and connect children and adults alike to the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

After completing all 13 stations, participants may use the outdoor space at the church to reflect


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Posts From The Road: Mission San Juan Capistrano

Bell Wall: A bell wall displays four bells recovered from the ruins of the Great Stone Church. The two larger bells have been recast but the two smaller bells are the original. The bell wall connects the ruins of the Great Stone Church to the Serra Chapel at the left side of the image. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Bell Wall and Ruins: Beautiful gardens cover the grounds around the mission complex. Seen here is the Serra Chapel, the Bell Wall, and ruins of the Great Stone Church. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com

Great Stone Church Ruins: The ruins of the great cathedral style Great Stone


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Fr. Glenn: ‘Each Went To His Own House’

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, happy spring everyone!—the equinox having been on March 20. Sure is a lot better than last year when the pandemic was just starting to ravage through the world’s populations. A lot of pain since that time, and we mourn with all those who lost loved ones to the virus. Know that thoughts and prayers are with you all. 

The pandemic sure opened a lot of cracks (or chasms) of division—to close or not to close, masks or no masks, travel or not travel, hoax or no hoax, Fauci or no Fauci, etc.—some such arguments still ongoing, both in the U.S. and overseas. One would think that something


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New Mexico Transportation Dept. And State Police Support Archdiocese Of SF Cancellation Of Holy Week Pilgrimages

NMDOT News:

  • “Please take care and celebrate safely at home. The department is grateful for everyone’s understanding and cooperation.” –Transportation Secretary Mike Sandoval

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), New Mexico State Police (NMSP) and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are asking the faithful to please stay home during Holy Week.

While annual pilgrimages to El Santuario de Chimayo and Tome Hill are cherished New Mexico traditions, the events have been cancelled.

The Archdiocese made the difficult decision to cancel all pilgrimages and special processions


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Father Theophan: So Much To Do!

Jesus on the cross created by Father Theophan. Photo by Father Theophan

By Father Theophan
Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church
Los Alamos

So much to do!

It’s just a garage. Moreover, it’s just a hobby. How can there be so much to do?

The wet clay and the newly thrown pots need to be kept wet, but the pots need to dry but not freeze. The wheel and tools need to be cleaned and put away. The kiln needs to be cleaned out and vacuumed before I fire another bisque load. Before another glaze firing, I’ll need to buy and apply kiln wash. For that matter, I need more clay and glazes. Pots that have been bisqued wait to be


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Fr. Glenn: Status Report

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

Well, now … Lent is halfway over. How we doing with those Lenten (or New Year’s, for that matter) resolutions, hmmm? Now, you know those things take effort and may have a periodic failure of weakness, so don’t give up. And if you have a “whoops”, be like a boxer and get right back up! Sadly, we tend to be like water, seeking the lowest energy level, and become spiritual couch potatoes if we aren’t careful and continually strive to better ourselves. Not just in prayer, but in those active works of service and charity needs that surround us every day.

This came to mind in the Sunday reading


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Fr. Glenn: The Civilization Tree

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

The weekly excursion to the grocery store is always kind of interesting—especially on weekends. One sees the elderly going about methodically, quietly minding their business. The middle-aged without kids usually somewhat more hurried. That parent with older kids—or teens by themselves—even more rushed and more harried, the kids in various stages of boredom and courtesy (is it that hard to say “Excuse me” … you young whippersnappers!!) And, of course, the range of young parents with little kids—quiet kids, bored kids, grabby kids, screamers … frazzled parents showing


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WRPC Invites Community To At-Home Vespers, Communion

The community is invited to join WRPC for At-Home Vespers and Communion at 5 p.m. Sunday. Courtesy/WRPC

By Pastor Deb Worley
White Rock Presbyterian Church

Join the White Rock Presbyterian Church for At-Home Vespers and Communion beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday. Click here for more information.

“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; Though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.” (Psalm 27:3)

This speaks to me of enemies, of opponents, of those who want to hurt or defeat or dominate. “Though an army encamp against me … though war rise up against me….” And I think, “Thank you,


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Fr. Glenn: All In

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

“All In”—def.: fully committed to, or fully involved in, something; in poker, to bet everything on a hand.

What are we truly committed to these days—long term, as in “never-ending” commitment.  There’s so many things to choose…so many distractions. We jump from job to job, town to town, spouse to spouse, very often from church to church—and many even from denomination to denomination or religion to religion. “Commitment” nowadays often extends hardly more than to watching every episode of a favorite Netflix series.

So much more impressive, then, becomes the Old Testament


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Local Organizations Join Forces To Help Homeless

Kiwanian Tim Glasco, Linda Daly and Don Casperson busy assembling clothing bags this morning at the IHM parish hall. LANL’s Community Partnership Office purchased the clothing from Desert Tees & Sports in Santa Fe, which owner Ralph Ortiz sold at cost. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Kiwanians from left, Cheryl Pongratz, Don Casperson and Jackie Beebe preparing boxes filled with bags of clothes for the homeless at shelters around the area. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Partnership Office (CPO) provided 633


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Two Local Thrift Shops Open Wednesday Feb. 24

COMMUNITY News:

The Shop on the Corner (at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal) and United Church Thrift Shop will be open at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 for customers. Shopping at both stores is encouraged.

COVID-safe practices will be in effect with masks and hand sanitizer required, and limited numbers of customers and workers. 

Both shops are organized and operated by volunteers from their respective churches. And both shops donate about 98 percent of their profits to local and Northern New Mexico charities.

United Church Thrift Shop will feature outside tables with sports equipment if weather


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Fr. Glenn: God’s Desire

By Fr. Glenn Jones:

In every monotheist’s musing comes the question, “Why did God make us?” After all, if God is God, eternal and self-existent in Himself, He certainly doesn’t need us—we puny little humans who came along a paltry few tens of thousands of years ago and are, as we hear in scriptures, simply “dust and ashes” … or, using a favorite Star Trek term, “bags of mostly water”, with a few handfuls of chemicals thrown in. 

Secondly, think about what are many of our favorite books and stories. Do we not love images and stories in which people help one another or rescue the helpless, especially those


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