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The Bishop's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

The Bishop's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

Bishop of Newark

Grace happens. All the time. Grace is God's gift to us. The signs of God's grace are abundant. Some are dramatic. Many at first glance seem mundane. All are potentially life transforming.

God created us, but God was not – and is not, finished with creating. God keeps showing up. God is very much at work. Our job as God's creatures, is to pay attention to God's grace. And to join with God in God's work.

Christmas 2016
December 21, 2016
This year particularly, I am deeply touched by the story of how God chose to come into the world as the Incarnation. A child born to a mother who may...
Advent: Preparing to join God
December 7, 2016
In the northern hemisphere, Advent coincided with the onset of winter. As the days grew shorter, the weather colder, and as the earth began its...
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
November 16, 2016
The first thing I did when the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 was run out to my car and peel off the bumper sticker that said "Job was...
Bishop Mark Beckwith at the Cathedral the day after Election Day. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
November 9, 2016
The outcome was unexpected. And for me, unwanted. I anticipated that a lot of people would feel hurt, confused and angry on November 9, but I didn’t...
The Peace as an act of post-election reconciliation
November 2, 2016
I remember a play-fight a classmate and I had with each other in the fall of 1960. We were in the fourth grade. We acted out our parents’ allegiance...
Bishop Beckwith reads the community "Dream Board" inspired by Paul's dream in Acts 16:6-15. NINA NICHOLSON PHOTO
October 19, 2016
Many of us in the diocese have been listening to St. Paul's dream as outlined in Acts 16:6-15, which has been a passage used by several groups in...
Sharing what God has given us
October 5, 2016
I have long admired Native Americans for their concept of stewardship and ownership. Those ancient commitments have been on rather dramatic display...
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, right, discusses the city’s water crisis during a Sept. 17 briefing to the House of Bishops. Michigan Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), left, and Flint pediatrician Larry Reynolds, a member of the Flint Water Advisory Task Force, also participated. MARK BECKWITH PHOTO
September 21, 2016
Bombs in Seaside and Elizabeth. Thank God no one was hurt. Dumpster bombs in Chelsea. Thank God no one was killed. These incidents are close to home...
Our vocation of claiming blessedness and passing on belovedness
September 7, 2016
I had a seminary classmate who, when asked why he was going into the ordained ministry, replied that he couldn’t do anything else. Now some would (...
On day 3, walking between Cross Roads Camp and Mendham
August 2, 2016
As I reflect on the now-completed pilgrimage across the diocese, I keep thinking of Mother Pollard, who was one of the many voices of inspiration...