Rush Hour in Guatemala

The other day I was driving home right at the beginning of rush hour, having visited a friend in the hospital. Most of the hour it took to get home was spent waiting in traffic. It could have been a competitive, angry mess of human frustration. It wasn’t though. Drivers…

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Lead like JC

Remembering that John the Baptist and Jesus are relatives (Jesus’ mother was cousin of John’s mother), we might assume they knew one another. So why would John send his disciples to question Jesus about who Jesus was? Didn’t John know? Some scripture scholars suggest that John was expecting a different…

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Knock, wait and see, patiently

At a recent workshop I attended, we were invited to choose from a variety of pictures that each had a different door on it. I chose a door that looked like it belonged to an outdoor corner apartment unit. It had no peephole and the door handle was obscure. We…

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Thermostat Wars

Have you heard of thermostat wars? You know, when one person in the office or the home is always cold and turns the air conditioning up in the summer as well as the heat in the winter? Or the other who is always warm and everyone else keep sweaters in…

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Have Hope, Give Hope

Hope. The mission statement of the Diocese of San Bernardino ends with these words: Through the impact of the Gospel we seek to fill lives with hope. The readings of the Second Sunday of Advent (Cycle A) give us reason we must do this. In the Gospel, Jesus is introduced…

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Time Matters

Urgency about the end of time pervades the readings of the First Sunday of Advent in Cycle A, the “Matthew” year. Maybe this end-of-time theme is fitting since this Sunday, not January 1, is NEW YEAR’S DAY for the Church! In the first reading, first Isaiah (there are three authors…

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‘Tis the Season

  It started already in September. Red and green and sparkly. First on just a few shelves, and then like mushrooms cropping up overnight occupying more and more space. You know whereof I speak … Christmas decorations, suggestions for the gift-giving season, boxes of candy and toys galore. We no…

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On our way

As we remember those who have gone before us and leaving us their example, I keep thinking that all of us are “on our way.” Just recently I attended a national conference which had as its thrust, “missionary discipleship.” For me these two themes fit together for several reasons. Since…

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Beauty revealed

I’ve been watching the leaves fall from the old apple tree outside my window. I’ve come to realize it’s not a very orderly process. They don’t fall all at once, nor do they fall slowly from different parts of the tree at the same time. Right now there are places…

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Up ahead

My phone, hence my camera is never very far from my reach. I love taking pictures! I have quite a collection of photos from many places, mostly nature! I just can’t get enough of the great outdoors! I take the pictures but don’t pay much attention to them at that…

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