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New ways to give alms

March 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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The word “almsgiving” has an old-fashioned ring to it. It calls to mind a Charles Dickens novel, a street urchin begging from the upper classes.

How many of us write a check to our local food bank and think of it as “giving alms”? It’s not really a 21st-century term. Read more »

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Ways to pray during Lent

March 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”

These words are from Scripture, in 1 Samuel, Chapter 3. The young boy Samuel, the future prophet, awakens the aged Eli because he thinks he has been called by him. But Eli recognizes that it is God calling Samuel. When it happens again, Eli says, tell the Lord you are listening. Read more »

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Lent as a pilgrimage

February 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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When the comedian Stephen Colbert appeared, one Ash Wednesday, on his late-night television show with ashes marking his forehead, I felt a sense of communion.

He’s one of my tribe, I thought. Colbert is a well-known Catholic. He even invited Jesuit Father James Martin to serve as the unofficial “chaplain” to his Comedy Central program.  Read more »

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Too busy for God?

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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How does a busy person find time for spiritual growth?

Sometimes, we feel like a perpetual motion machine — kids, sports, jobs, day care, house care, family obligations — the list goes on.

It’s a problem we’ve all faced. We’re exhausted, we’re stressed, we’re overbooked. Our schedules are hectic and, if we’re parents, we’re at the heart of it all, the engineer who makes it all run smoothly. Read more »

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Scripture in times of crisis

January 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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 Desolation and crisis come to all of us in life. Sorrow, depression, addiction, anxiety and loss are part of the human condition. At some time, we each face a low point.

Where do we turn in times of need? Sometimes, we need professional help. Always, we need community support and the arms of loved ones. Read more »

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A new kind of New Year’s resolution

December 29th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Many of us own those wristband devices that record how many steps we take in a day. We’re told that 10,000 steps daily is a healthy goal, so we take walks, use the stairs instead of the elevator, vacuum instead of watch television.

At day’s end, we can see how close we came to that 10,000-step goal. Read more »

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Look It Up — A light shines in the darkness

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The first reading for midnight Mass on Christmas Eve (Isaiah 9:1-6) is one of the prophet Isaiah’s most beautiful and consoling.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.” Read more »

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Living Our Faith — Surprised by new life at Advent

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Almost 30 years ago, I volunteered at a pregnancy support program. Our office was in a ramshackle house in an old neighborhood. We offered free pregnancy testing, a big deal back then.

Grocery shelves were only on the cusp of stocking easy do-it-yourself at-home pregnancy testing kits. Instead, you made a doctor’s appointment to confirm your suspicions. Read more »

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The intellectual and spiritual power of women in the early church

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There’s an old saying, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” Read more »

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The Lord’s Prayer: Inspiration, invitation, doorway to prayer

September 16th, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

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Jesus’ disciples were aware that he would slip away in the lonely hours before dawn to find a quiet place to pray. They recognized a man who drew his strength from time alone with God.

Is it any wonder that they asked him to teach them to pray? Read more »

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