REFLECTIONS

Baccalaureate Invocation, Prayers, Blessings & Commencement Benediction, 2017

B A C C A L A U R E A T E   2017 Invocation The 13th century Sufi poet Jalalal-din al-Rumi left us two mystical lines that might work as an epigraph for today: Let the beauty that we love be what we do – There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss

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Lessons & Carols 2016 – Greeting by Fr. Gary Caster & Meditation by Rev. Dr. Richard Spalding

A Christmas Service of Lessons & Carols 2016 GREETING by Fr. Gary Caster, Catholic Chaplain, Williams College Good evening and welcome. Tonight, Inside this SAFE, hallowed sanctuary, As the familiar cadence of the carols carries us through our evening’s lessons And the warmth, comfort and enduring promise of our shared sacred story reclaims us Maybe

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Convocation Invocation & Benediction, September 17, 2016

Fall Convocation 2016 – 2017                                                       September 17, 2016 Invocation One of the sages of our time, the Franciscan contemplative and teacher of mysticism Richard Rohr, writes that “We do not think our way into a new way of living; we live our way into a new way of thinking.” He’s trying to name a

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A Service of Gratitude and Remembrance 2016 – Sermon by Charles Rousseau ’11

A Service of Gratitude and Remembrance June 12, 2016 SERMON Some Reflections on a Spiritual Life at Williams College by Charles Rousseau, 2011   Good morning! I would like to thank Reverend Spalding, Cantor Scherr, Father Caster, and Chaplain Rosen for the opportunity to be a part of this lovely and important service. It is

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Baccalaureate & Commencement 2016

B A C C A L A U R E A T E   2016 Invocation       This life flows on in endless song above earth’s lamentation.       I hear the real though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.       No storm can shake my inmost calm while to

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Meditation for Christmas Lessons and Carols – December 12-13, 2015

Power to Become Meditation for Christmas Lessons and Carols Thompson Memorial Chapel – Williams College December 12-13, 2015 As you listen to the patchwork pieces of the story we assemble to fashion a composite Christmas narrative, the gospels of Luke and Matthew (our only real sources) agree about hardly anything. One breaks the news of

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Convocation Invocation & Benediction, (September 19, 2015)

Invocation The poet and environmentalist Wendell Berry has written, “If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.”  That makes “Where am I?” one of the richest of spiritual questions. After a year or two in this place, it’s possible to start hearing it as an easy question. Where am I? 

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Alumni Reunion Service of Gratitude and Remembrance 2015

Reunion Service of Gratitude and Remembrance June 14, 2015 Williams Is Awesome Meg Bossong ’05   I want to preface this with my religious background. I was baptized Catholic, and one of my favorite early phrases, which I shouted from my stroller was “Jesus Christ!”, to the delight of my deeply faithful Catholic grandparents and

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Alumni Reunion Service of Gratitude and Remembrance 2013

June 9, 2013 – Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College   Reflections by Emily Rose (Martin) Proctor ’03 Genesis 32:3-6, 22-31   3 Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, 4instructing them, ‘Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, “I have

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Lessons & Carols 2014 – Greeting by Fr. Gary Caster & Sermon by Rev. Dr. Richard Spalding

Lessons and Carols December 6-7, 2014 Greeting The truth is, we have been telling and re-telling this evenings’ lessons for such a long, long time that we have become well acquainted with the melodies and messages of the carols. And although we know the leading characters, supporting players and essential details of this ancient story,

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