September 2006 Archives (16)

God Hides

There is a story of how, at the beginning of time, God decided to hide in the created universe, and God summoned three angels to advise on a suitable hiding-place. The first angel suggested that God might hide in the depths of the earth. “A good idea,” said God. “I will indeed hide myself in […]

iPod Shuffle

Random Playlist for the Weekend The Rules: Get your iPod or media-player of choice, select your whole music collection, set the thing to shuffle (i.e., randomized playback), then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel! “Feels Like Today” by Rascal Flatts “Coyote Caravan” by […]

Calamities Can Bring…

“Calamities can bring growth and enlightenment,” said the Master. He explained like this: “Each day a bird would shelter in the withered branches of a tree that stood in the middle of a vast deserted plain. One day a whirlwind uprooted the tree, forcing the poor bird to fly a hundred miles in search of […]

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The Prayer of Listening

The prayer of listening makes things simple but it also makes us vulnerable, and that is frightening. Listening makes us open to Christ, the Word of God, spoken in all things: in the material world, the Scriptures, the Church, and sacraments and, sometimes most threateningly, in our fellow human beings. To listen at prayer is […]

¡Santa Caca!

“Holy crap!” I hear this expression occasionally from my students. I wonder, is this to be found only in Jesus’ latrine?

The World is Upside Down

World: Do unto others before they do unto you. Reality: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. World: Life is something I have. Reality: I am a part of life. World: Love is a part of me. Reality: I am a part of love. World: Freedom from something. Reality: Freedom for […]

Words and Time

It is far more frustrating to have a million words to write and no time than to have the time but the words do not flow.

The Rollercoaster of Life

The world’s a rollercoaster And I am not strapped in Maybe I should hold with care But my hands are busy in the air — Incubus, “Wish You Were Here” Suffering comes from holding on, not letting go of the pain. Let go. Do not resist. Joy is lost too when grasped at. Let go. […]


What a gorgeous morning! Reminds me of the refrain from the opening song from Oklahoma! (with one word changed in the last line): Oh, what a beautiful mornin’ Oh, what a beautiful day I got a beautiful feelin’ Everything’s goin’ God’s way Come to think of it, every morning is beautiful regardless of how I […]


I’ve been waiting to see this sign for the last couple weeks. The price for a gallon of gas has been dropping fairly quickly over the past two months, from a high of $2.99 this summer. I wonder how low it will go?

The Great Refusal

For some people the day comes when they have to declare the great Yes or the great No. It’s clear at once who has the Yes ready within him; and saying it, he goes from honor to honor, strong in his conviction. He who refuses does not repent. Asked again, he’d still say no. Yet […]

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Coincidence or Just Bad Timing?

In class yesterday, I had told the students to get out a half-sheet of paper and clear off their desks for a quiz. Some students were moving slow in clearing off their desk, desparately trying to re-memorize this small table of numbers they need to know for finding trigonometry values. I had just about every […]

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Ready for Baptism?

A young man approached the pastor and said, “I think I want to be baptized.” The pastor replied, “You think? Don’t you know?” “I guess I’m ready,” replied the young man. The pastor nodded and reached his hand out to shake the young man’s hand. As the young man returned the gesture, the pastor grabbed […]

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