Category Archives: faith

Why even sin can be a cause for hope

My father is not an effusive man. Once a year at the holidays he compliments my singing at mass, and quips that his kind words are my Christmas present. I’ve noticed that his main way of complimenting me is to … Continue reading

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Seven of my favorite saints

Happy Solemnity of All Saints! In honor of the day, I offer you seven of my most dear saints. — 1 — Philomena I hope it’s not bad luck to begin this post with a saint who probably didn’t exist. … Continue reading

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When it’s dangerous to listen

I try to be generous. I try to side with the powerless. I try not to clutch the things I possess. I try to possess few things. But I have a car, and an apartment (though I want a condo), … Continue reading

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What doesn’t kill you…

Sometimes, what doesn’t kill you just makes you really, really tired. I had a tough September. I was feeling more Crohn’s symptoms than I had in a while. On Labor Day I was invited to a party, but was fatigued … Continue reading

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The God who holds

I had become so accustomed to not wanting. My life was easy. Great family, job I could be proud of, self sufficiency, supportive friends: I had a satisfying life. Then in the course of just a few months I had … Continue reading

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7 things I’ve learned from St Francis

Today is the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, which has always been a notable feast for me but which has taken on greater significance after I spent three recent weeks in Assisi. That town is rich in Franciscan history, … Continue reading

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7 things I wish I didn’t know

I hate to make mistakes. I try to be really precise in my language and terminology in all fields, especially professional ones. This usually has one of two effects: it takes me forever to say what I want to say, … Continue reading

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