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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Civilize It

Election Day looms soon. Almost buried under tons of divisive rhetoric, crude remarks, evasive maneuvers and all the rest of the unpleasantness, is our human desire for unity; for a common life that respects the dignity of each person: born and unborn, for inclusiveness; for peace; for welcome; for joy.…

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Murphy’s Law

This morning I was reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. There are a series of sayings of Jesus that follow this form: You have heard it said … but I say to you … I was thinking about some of the popular truths and cultural rules…

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Where are we going?

Recently a friend and I were on our way to a meeting in another state. We put our destination in the phone and faithfully followed the directions. Finally, Siri proudly announced, “Your destination is on your left.” According to Siri, our destination was a small house sitting back off of…

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Rainbow

Last night at supper my housemates and I saw a really marvelous rainbow. We have a picture of the Emmaus meal on our dining room wall. Because of the arrangement of windows and mirrors in our house, the rainbow appeared as a glowing circle centered on the face of Jesus.…

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Active shooter drill

On the news last Wednesday morning there were scenes of the South Carolina school where parents were picking up their children after a 14-year-old started shooting. Why are children subjected to so much horror? How can 5-year-olds participate in active shooter drills? I remember that movie “Life is Beautiful” in…

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Reverencing Creation

Amid the cascading waterfalls, glacier-crested mountains and the plains of Southwest Canada is the quietness of absorbing the beauty of nature in God’s creation. The burnt trees and undergrowth speak of the fires that are needed for re-seeding and re-growth. But, above all of this, is the deep respect for…

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Red cars

A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away) I lived in a parish convent and drove one of the two parish cars. One day I was running errands in the red car, noticed it was almost out of gas, and stopped to fill it up. That evening I…

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Peace Heroes

This past Sunday, the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, a good size crowd gathered at Riverscape in Downtown Dayton. We gathered to remember the more than 3,000 innocent lives lost that day to a senseless act of violence! We gathered to remember the courage of those first responders…

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