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Why a Blood Sacrifice?

The movie The Passion of the Christ has caused some division among people. This should not be of any surprise. After all, Jesus and His message has caused division for over two thousand years. The movie focused on the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus. This was the time of His suffering, His […]

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Life Happens

Do you have a bumper sticker on your car? I don’t. Never found one that perfectly expressed my attitude or opinion. Do you remember those bumper stickers a couple of years ago that read, “Shit Happens”? I always thought that statement was mildly amusing because of its comment on how things tend to happen in […]

Trying to Hold the Mystery of The Cross

I like this quote. I thought of posting it myself. The author is reminding us that there is more to Jesus than just His sacrifice at The Cross. But then I read David M.’s comment. His comment irritates me because it implies a misunderstanding of the sacrifice of The Cross.

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My Quilt

One of my students passed this story on to me. The original author is unknown. (Thanks Becca.) As I faced my Maker at the last judgement, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles. An angel […]

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Is It Really You?

Jonya had to go out of town. Her dad had died. She had to help her sister with the funeral arrangements and settle his estate. Her husband and three-year old son were going to stay behind at home. It would be the first time Jonya and her son would be separated since his birth. After […]

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You Talk Too Much

I usually do not remember my dreams, but I had a very vivid dream about two weeks ago. It was a bright, sunny day with deep azure skies sparsely dotted with small puffs of white cottony clouds. I was walking with a friend down a wide dirt path next to a grove of tall pine […]

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A Privilege To See The Holy Spirit Work

Just back from leading an intensive, four-day retreat with high school junior and senior girls. (This was my third such retreat this school year. One was with boys, and the other two with girls.) It was an awesome experience for everyone involved. Today’s first reading from Isaiah 55:10-11 feels apropos: Thus says the LORD: Just […]

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Body of Christ

I believe; you believe; here He is, the Bread of Life; touch Him in Faith; I want to live, to be healed.

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The song “Heaven” by Live keeps going around in my head. Someone special put it there. Like him, I get a kick to hear songs in the popular media that deal with faith and spirituality. You don’t need no friends get back your faith again. You have the power to believe. Another dissident, take back […]

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The path of love…

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for ‘God is Charity’ (1 Jn 4:8). — St. Albert the Great

The Pointing Finger of Sin

I, like many people, do not like to directly talk about sin. No one likes to be told that they are doing things that are morally wrong and going against the will of God. Most people’s reaction is who the hell are you to judge me, by what standards and authority are you judging me, […]

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The Singer and His Song

“How does one seek union with God?” / “The harder you seek, the more distance you create between Him and you.” / “So what does one do about the distance?” / “Understand that it isn’t there.” / “Does that mean that God and I are one?” / “Not one. Not two.” / “How is that possible?” / “The sun and its light, the ocean and the wave, the singer and his song—not one. Not two.” — Anthony de Mello

Do you not know…

Do you not know or have you not heard? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak he makes vigor abound. Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. — Isaiah 40:28-31

Secret Santa–Bah Humbug

The people I work with decided to have one of those Secret Santa-gift exchanges. We called it Advent Angel. I signed up to be a part of the festivities and picked a name. The idea was to give your person a little gift everyday or so, and to pray for them. The tiny gifts should […]

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Everything is on its way to somewhere

One more scene near the end of the movie Phenomenon (see previous entry) is a wonderful metaphor for what the right attitude should be about people that come and go in our lives. George, played by John Travolta, tries to explain to the young boy that he should not be too upset about his impending […]

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About the Human Spirit

“What I am talking about is the human spirit. That’s the challenge. That’s the voyage. That’s the expedition.”

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Contraception and Sin

I normally do not directly write a reaction to what I read on other weblogs, but something prompted me to write this one. In the process, I learned something deeper and more visceral about the nature of sin. The Mystic Cowboy made a parenthetical comment against the Roman Catholic position on contraception: I have no […]

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I do not need to seek God…

I do not need to seek God. God is already here waiting to be found, soaked in my reality. My journey is to be one of recognizing God, always, already present, and surfacing that presence in my daily life. — Edwina Gateley, from “A Mystical Heart”

An Invitation

One of my students sent the following invitation to me in an email. Some may find it a little cutesy, but the theology, and more importantly the sentiments, are perfect! (Thanks Stacy.)   · · ·    You are cordially invited to    · · · A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!!   Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ […]

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