Good looking stuff

Lent is here. On the first weekend of Lent, our readings direct us to look at temptation. The first (Hebrew scripture) reading is the Adam and Eve sin story. Of course, the first thing to note is the word “story;” we don’t think the first homo sapiens lived in a…

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Lent? To deny, to savor or both?

Lent is coming. It’s always been a special time for me, as though the season itself provided me the courage to address those dark areas where God’s light was dimmed and grace was not completely at home. Those six weeks are better for aligning myself with grace than any New…

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A half full glass

The first words of this weekend’s readings are a lament: “the LORD has forsaken me, my LORD has forgotten me.” No matter what our situation in life, it is going to feel like that sometime! And some people have lives with much more than the average amount of suffering and…

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Rules of the heart

On this seventh Sunday of Ordinary time, year A, the first words we hear in the first reading are striking: The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy …” This command to “be holy”…

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Conversion

Walking along the Great Miami River this past Sunday, I came to Poplar Creek and was awed by the beauty of the scene. After several days of deep freeze Ohio, this Sunday in February was a welcome treat with a temperature well into the 50s. As I stood and absorbed…

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Oh no, not rules!

We U.S. Catholics are a bit allergic to rules! “Too many rules” is one of the reasons people give for leaving the Church. This week and next, we are going to hear about commandments! Maybe we struggle to affirm the truth of the first line of our first reading: “if…

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Consecrated life and the Amaryllis

This weekend the Catholic Church celebrates the “World Day of Consecrated Life.” A day to thank God for the call that many of us have received since the early days of the Church. Women and men have lived this call in all parts of the world and in all geographic…

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Why unlit candles?

On the Feast of St. Blaise back in 1950, the Church blessed throats with two crossed candles: lit crossed candles. I remember this because my mom approached the altar with our twins in her arms. With the tenacious grip of 8-month-olds, Richard and Joan grabbed the candles. Monsignor Brady wrestled;…

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