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Families are our strength

Families are our strength I recently attended the funeral of a man who, with his wife, raised a family of 15 children.  I find that totally amazing, but this family made it work.  During the homily, we learned that the family wasn’t able to do some things, but managed to have fun.  Camping trips looked...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Andy...The fish from the Silver Stream

I recently led an RCIA session on the topic of the Bible.  Since the Bible contains sacred stories that point to God’s loving presence in the world, I shared one of my own sacred stories with the group.             In the fall of 199...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Great Gift and Great Gain

“At dusk weeping comes for the night; but at dawn there is rejoicing.” –Psalm 30:6   Do you believe that God speaks through the Scriptures and that, in the hearing, we experience God’s self- communication personally? I suspect that many of you are responding to that que...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

No more excuses

On a recent Monday, as I moved a cart of material into the work station I was setting up, I brushed against a package of foam. As I did so, I noticed small holes in the huge plastic bag that contained four rolls of foam standing about six feet high. The holes were a reminder of a day some time ago...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

'Our stuff'

'Our stuff' It’s been heartbreaking to see the people interviewed on the news who have been affected by the floods and terrible winds.  One lady made the simple statement, “I don’t even have a pair of earrings left!”  What becomes “our stuff” in life can mean a gre...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Welcoming the Stranger

‘And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” –Luke 2:7 Why was there no room for Mary, Joseph and Jesus “in the inn?”  What kinds of inns did they have in Bethleh...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Praying for a welcoming spirit

When I was a child, my sisters and I made friends with a stray dog.  He wandered into our world one hot summer morning while we were playing “house” on our shady carport.  My mom had backed the car out to make room for our doll furniture and had loaned us some old pots and pan...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rest for the restless heart

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”— Saint Augustine This quote from Saint Augustine is likely a reflection of his life’s experiences, as he himself spent much of his early life living with the pain of a restless heart...
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Building Community

Building Community My son and his family moved to South Carolina; and while I was glad to see them pursue something that was important to them, I also, hoped they would be able to build community with this move.  My daughter-in-law has family in the same area, but being among others with a young family is import...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Words matter

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119).   Words matter.  “Thank you.”  “I am sorry.”  “Come with me.”  “I love you.”  As a people we are always looking for the words that will convey...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017