Category Archives: grace

Find Your Inner Iggy: God in All Things

Finding God in gifts, people, and goodness: that’s what inspired this post on God in All Things from January 2011. I’m reposting it as part of my Ignatian Week, inspired by Loyola Press’ Find Your Inner Iggy promotion. With his feast … Continue reading

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Find Your Inner Iggy: That is enough for me

This was written about two years ago, and touches on themes that I was just writing about recently – such as the value of prayer even when we’re not sure we “mean” it. I’m reposting it as part of my … Continue reading

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Baptism, and other things I don’t understand

Sometimes when people want to be friends with me I think “really? me?” and can’t quite believe it. But that’s not what I want to write about. Yesterday I watched three people be baptized into the Catholic Church, and two … Continue reading

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Ashes at Starbucks

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not anti-ashes. I know people who get all worked up over Ash Wednesday, because it is a popular liturgical holiday which is not a Solemnity, and conjures more excitement from the faithful than, … Continue reading

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Hitting Pause: Life is Not Ended, Just Changed

In the spirit of giving myself a break, I have decided to hit pause on my blog and repost some of my favorite material for the last ten days of the year. For the final day of 2011 I am … Continue reading

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The Thinking Person’s Devotional: This Fearsome Thing of Grace

Many things have slipped from my routine the last few months: writing, running, and practicing among them. Unfortunately I have also devoted less time to my prayer life, something that has me chagrined, even as I try to convince myself … Continue reading

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Welcome the Stranger

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him.  And he will separate … Continue reading

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Seek the Lord while he may be found (Dear St Paul)

Oh, St. Paul, I gotta say, it must be nice to be you. Not to say you weren’t a hard worker, and a good guy – a holy guy! – but to just get knocked off your horse like that … Continue reading

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Pie in the Sky

I will be the first to admit that I live in a bubble. Through a combination of occupation, family, and geography I spend most of my days surrounded by people who are trying to do the right thing, for whom … Continue reading

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The Path of Life

A few favorite memories of my mother: She is recuperating from the birth of my brother and is lying on the bed. For whatever reason, she decides she needs to get out of bed, but discovers that she is too … Continue reading

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