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Padre's Ponderings - April 12, 2018

Posted onFebruary 15, 2019 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

As we walked about the Historic Campus, she confessed to an existence more hellish than holy: fifty-plus years of dysfunctional relationships, brief periods of hopefulness followed by seasons of hopelessness. Unsuccessful efforts to combat the resulting loneliness had given rise to the mounting sense of helplessness that ultimately prompted her Easter appearance....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings - April 26, 2018

Posted onFebruary 15, 2019 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Spring has returned to the Lowcountry. The few lingering azalea blossoms are wilting; boats are appearing on the May River; our part-time residents are headed north; and I've put away my sweaters. When Becky and I arrived in 1996, activity in Bluffton slowed dramatically during the summer months, not that it was all that fast at other times! But now, we see no appreciable easing of the pace....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings - June 14, 2018

Posted onFebruary 15, 2019 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Every family has its special moments - among ours is the week in early June when we all gather at the beach. I suspect if we hadn't started this tradition more than fifteen years ago, it would be tough to do now, given that our five grandchildren are in their teens . . . but praise God, we did; and they look forward to it as much as Becky and I do!...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings - July 12, 2018

Posted onFebruary 15, 2019 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Becky and I looked at each other last night with sad eyes . . . our grandson Charlie went home yesterday! The Uno and Rummikub games have been returned to the cabinet beneath the den window; the night light is off in the bedroom at the top of the stairs; a pair of small flip flops is no longer waiting by the back door; and after two weeks, the Rectory seems strangely empty....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings - July 26, 2018

Posted onFebruary 15, 2019 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

For decades Church leaders have diminished their summer schedules anticipating folks will be giving other activities a priority. Services are often combined, Christian education offerings suspended, office hours reduced, and Vacation Bible School (if any) seen as an adequate replacement for all children and youth activities. Our planning has never reflected a June - August hiatus; and this year's experience again certifies the "summer doldrums" to be a myth at The Church of the Cross. Note the following....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings - February 15, 2018

Posted onFebruary 15, 2019 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

The nip in the air this morning is sharpened by a freshening early spring breeze making its way among the tall pines, naked hickories and old oaks, causing last fall's leaves to dance around my feet and the Spanish moss to quiver and sway overhead. Aside from nature's interruptions, stillness and silence reign in this place....Keep Reading