February 13, Ethics: a Sunday Scriptures blog

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Luke pictures Jesus giving a significant sermon. It’s a sermon that summarizes things Jesus said during his preaching career about how his followers should behave, and we’ll hear another portion of it next Sunday. Over the years I’ve met a number of former Catholics who have…

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Grief, Joy & Hope

We had another funeral this morning. This was the seventh sister that passed away this year. Although I did not know Sr. Mary Anne Schiller personally, I always appreciate being able to attend a funeral with the Sisters. The first funeral I attended with the Sisters was a profound experience…

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BLESS

Many times, we find ourselves thinking badly of people, judging, cursing, hating, and resenting. Our minds go down a negative path and we enact vengeance or rehearse the words to defeat our “enemy.” These thoughts continue until we horrify ourselves. We all have our favorite political target, our pet irritations,…

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Promises, promises

“I will never leave you!” “This is my last drink!” “If you come back, I promise never to hit you again!” “I will get you a doll for Christmas!” There are promises that we really want to believe. We become cynical eventually, though, after many disappointments. The Christmas Season is…

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