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Longing for balance

Longing for balance For many of us, the New Year arrives and brings with it the obligatory resolutions that we feel we need to make. We know we could do better in some areas of our lives, and the New Year provides this new slate on which to write a new and better chapter in our lives. Some of us vow to lose weight, ex...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A man of God, for the glory of God

A man of God, for the glory of God “It takes a man of God, with the Word of God, and the Spirit of God, to make the children of God, for the glory of God.” –Jack Wellman, Christian author As the school year commenced in 1971, I found myself, as a sixth-grader, in very unfamiliar territory with no choice but to conc...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Being a sheep dog

Being a sheep dog “I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me” (John 10: 14-15).  I recently watched a fictitious TV show about rescuing high school students who were in danger.  As the S.W.A.T team sped to the sight, t...
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Seeing local needs from a distance

Seeing local needs from a distance Shortly after Thanksgiving, I traveled to the U.S./Mexicoborder to help our brothers and sisters who are walking in the caravan.  Benedictine Sister Gail Hamilton and I went to Eagle Pass, Texas, which is about a mile from the border, to help out another Benedictine, Sister Ursula  from B...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Silent Night

Silent Night Although the Lord was later to lead me to the sacrament of holy matrimony, I spent some of the most formative years of my young adulthood in the seminary. Among the many traditions that marked those years, one that always brings joy to my memory is the “Christmas room.” During the seaso...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Advent: Priming the Pump

Advent: Priming the Pump In a recent conversation on families the question was asked, “What do today’s families look like?”  Some of the responses included: busy; distracted; competitive; fractured; unstable; diverse; overwhelmed with information; use radically different communication tools; and rela...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

The God of surprises

The God of surprises As another Advent season approaches I can’t help but think … what will make this one meaningful?  What might I do differently that will lead me to a deeper more profound experience of this spiritual season?  How might I challenge myself to look at this season with “new e...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

We are all in this together

We are all in this together On Nov. 2, feast of the Commemoration of All Souls, two of my sisters stopped by my house to drop off some things for a family gathering I was hosting that weekend.  As we shared our crazy, busy schedules and how we were not quite sure how we were going to accomplish all we felt we needed to d...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Your call to service and to witness

Your call to service and to witness I enjoy being called to do a retreat or a session for young people who are preparing for Confirmation. As I prepared a prayer service for one these sessions recently, on the topic of Discipleship/Service, it occurred to me how important it is to not only introduce young people to this important min...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

To the heights!

To the heights! A little over a week ago, the Synod of Bishops wrapped up their month-long XV Ordinary General Assembly, which bore the theme “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” During the Synod, Bishop Robert Barron gave an intervention that stressed the need for “an intellige...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018