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Peace amid conflict

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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At one time or another, we’ve all secretly yearned for the Madison Avenue version of Christmas.

You know the one — where beautiful people, clad in designer clothes, gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes as he slips an expensive bauble around her neck under a fashionable tree fit for a department store window. All filmed through gauze. Perfect. Read more »

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Advent prayer of surrender: A meditation of Mary

December 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Dear Jesus,

Help me to be like your mother. Help me to be ready to surrender to your will.

Place me with your mother on the day she discovered that God was asking her to be part of salvation history. Place me with her, a virgin betrothed to an older man, in the backwater village of Nazareth. Read more »

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Advent meditation: Joy during life’s struggles and sorrows

December 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Rejoice always! Those words from St. Paul in Thessalonians reverberate through the ages, through prayer and song. Again, I say rejoice.

This Advent, we take time to pray with St. Paul, one of history’s most compelling figures. A focused and intense man, he dedicated himself to persecuting followers of Jesus. Then, after a dramatic encounter on a journey to Damascus left him blinded and dazed, St. Paul changed course entirely. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Life’s unfinished symphony

November 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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Fall has arrived. A heavy fog hangs over the city like a damp blanket that someone took out of the dryer too soon.

People love spring for good reasons: There’s rebirth, renewal, the return of light and warmth.

But fall has its gifts. We look forward to hunkering with a good book. Mornings on the patio yield to hot coffee inside after the early morning walk.  Read more »

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Viewpoint: Omaha site for three Abrahamic faith centers on a campus

August 6th, 2017 Posted in Opinion Tags: , , , ,

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It’s not often that I visit a mosque. It’s more unusual to visit Omaha’s newest mosque and be directed to park in a synagogue’s parking lot. That’s where a shuttle picked me up and drove me on a road that passed over, I’m not joking, Hell’s Creek on its way to the mosque’s open house.

Those are just a couple of ironies about the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha. The 35-acre site, a former golf course, holds Temple Israel, which was completed first; the mosque, whose title is the American Muslim Institute; and a soon to be built Christian church affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Later, a community building will be added. Read more »

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Viewpoint: God, who knows each sparrow, is with us through all things

July 9th, 2017 Posted in Death & Resurrection

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A violent windstorm ripped through my town the other night, the kind that leaves you mesmerized yet humbled at your own powerlessness. Nearby, a tornado wreaked damage, with 76,000 homes left without power, and 80-mph winds were the norm.

We were lucky at my house. Some bushes were partially uprooted, but we were able to sink them back into the soil and they’re doing well. Read more »

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How do we understand mysticism today?

June 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome stands what art critics believe to be one of the great masterpieces of the Baroque era: The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The 17th-century statue, in stunning white marble, is also perhaps the most powerful artistic depiction of the mystical experience.

In Bernini’s classic sculpture, the great mystic St. Teresa of Avila lies back, her eyes closed, her mouth gaping open, as an angel of the Lord pierces her with a golden spear. Read more »

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What is spiritual direction?

June 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Have you ever sat down for coffee with a good friend and found yourself sharing a problem with her? This friend is a good listener and suddenly you find her showing you your own problem, perhaps in your own words, but in a new light.

She’s not telling you what to do. But she’s looked at the prism of your life from a different angle than you have, and she turns it gently toward you so that you see the light from that side, too.

In a very real sense, that is what spiritual direction can be. Read more »

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Cemeteries: ‘Thin spaces’ that evoke communion of the saints

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One summer, my husband and I did something we didn’t do when we lived in Alaska: we took road trips throughout 48 states. And in some of those places we visited cemeteries.

Since we both love Abraham Lincoln, we stopped at the Gettysburg battlefield and the cemetery where Lincoln delivered his famous address. We also visited Springfield, Ill., where Lincoln lies buried in an impressive monument. We visited the street near the state capitol that has been preserved just as it was when Lincoln lived there and was an attorney in the city. Read more »

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Motherhood: A vocation that grows and changes

May 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In 1916, Padraig Pearse was executed by the British for his role in the Irish Easter uprising.

Pearse was more of a scholar and a poet than he was a warrior. But like many in the fledging rebellion against the British, he had a romantic view of Irish martyrdom.

One of his best-loved poems was about his mother, and as we celebrate Mother’s Day, the words that he attributes to her about his own approaching death might touch every mother’s heart: “Lord, thou art hard on mothers: / We suffer in their coming and their going.” Read more »

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