Padre Alberto’s first sermon

Father Cutié gets standing ovation at his first sermon at new Episcopalian church

The Rev. Alberto Cutié gave the sermon at the Episcopal Church of The Resurrection in Miami. Episcopalian priests can marry, unlike their Catholic counterparts.

He had barely said good morning when Cutié received a standing ovation. A handful of people held their personal cameras in the air, capturing what they could.

Cutié looked out at the crowd and said, “I am humbled by your presence here.”

He then delivered a sermon that spoke of common themes — God’s love, faith and perseverance — with a few lighter moments referring to his leaving the Catholic church thrown in.

In his sermon, Cutié spoke of a sea captain lost at sea for so long he ran out of water for his crew. Then another ship came by and told the ships crew to lower their buckets. The captain thought this was crazy.

Except, it turns out, the ship had wandered into an area with fresh water.

It was a theme he returned to several times — the love of God is here for all. But first we must lower our buckets.

Cutié closed his sermon saying, “Church is about living in the spirit of God, and the spirit of God is love.”

For the past month the debate in my comments section has raged on, and the comments have become increasingly vicious. It’s time they stop. We need to draw from the waters of human kindness, to use Alberto’s metaphor.

I have an announcement to make:

Padre Alberto has made a decision that I feel is the right decision, and the best decision for him. The time for the debate has ended as far as my blog goes.

FROM NOW ON I WILL REJECT ANY COMMENTS MAKING UNPLEASANT OR OBNOXIOUS REMARKS ON PADRE ALBERTO.

You are welcome to offer support and encouragement to Padre Alberto, which he will need in the years to come. All other comments will be deleted.

Commenters at this blog are my guests and if you have bad things to say about this good man, you can start your own blog.

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2 Responses to “Padre Alberto’s first sermon”

  1. Pat Patterson Says:

    Please, one more joke. The applause would have been even greater but the church couldn’t afford any more ushers.

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  2. newton Says:

    De acuerdo, Fausta. (I agree.)

    Let’s leave him and his girlfriend alone. They need their space: we should give it to them.