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Viewpoint: Much will be required of those with much

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Every Saturday, a local newspaper features excerpts from Sunday homilies, including occasional Catholic ones, in a section called “From the Pulpit.”

Easter weekend featured a Unitarian minister’s reflections. Unitarians profess a free search for truth and meaning and do not assert any creed. Needless to say, their theology can be very different than Catholic or mainline Protestant belief. Sometimes, it’s useful to see a new perspective.

The writer acknowledged, “While I celebrate Easter, my understanding of it may not be the same as yours.” Read more »

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How will I love others this Lent?

March 5th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

“Beth” teaches high school English as a second language, and many of her students are from the city’s large refugee community. When one of her students was frequently absent, which was affecting his progress, she discovered the reason was basic and solvable.

With the harsh Midwestern winter setting in, his family had no winter clothing. Walking to school in sandals and a T-shirt wasn’t cutting it in the cruel north wind. Beth discovered several refugee students faced the same problem. 

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Prayer of repentance

February 20th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Lord Jesus,
Lent presents me with the opportunity — and the obligation — to examine where my life is modeling your example and where I am failing to help bring about the kingdom of God.
Help me to delve deeply into my life during this season of penance and give a thorough look at what my values are and how I live them out each day. Read more »

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Anointing of the sick: Christ and the church shares in our suffering

February 5th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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When we read Scripture, we marvel at the compassion that Jesus showed to the sick and suffering. Often, we read that Jesus was “moved with pity” for the distress of others, and scholars tell us this phrase connotes not just an emotional reaction to their plight, but an empathy so strong that he experiences a physical response.

One can hardly turn a page of the four Gospels without observing Jesus reaching out to the blind, those tormented by demons, those fearing for their children, or to individuals like the man lowered through the roof by his friends or the woman who dared to touch the hem of his garment in hope of healing. Read more »

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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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