Category Archives: grace

Not to end in Death

When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death” – John 11: 4a Thus says the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Mail

I knew I was going to be irked as soon as I saw the envelope: “Documents on the War on Catholic Youth and our Church enclosed”. I was too curious to throw the envelope away, and I opened it to … Continue reading

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With more than my share of quirks and peccadilloes, I am hesitant to pose the question “What is wrong with me?” But over the last few weeks of coughing and sniffling, then hoarseness, then feeling fine again, then scratchy throat, … Continue reading

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Spirituality of abundance

With all the snow this week I was pretty concerned that I might not be able to get my throat blessed on this Memorial of St. Blase. My four-wheel-drive didn’t let me down this morning, and I got to the … Continue reading

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God in All Things

One of the dangers of working in a Jesuit environment is that certain buzzwords are tossed around with great frequency: AMDG, men for others, God in all things, etc. I am enough of a ritualist to see value in using … Continue reading

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Finding what we’re looking for

In all honesty, I don’t even remember how the whole thing came up over whiskey, chips and pizza with two girlfriends the other night, but somehow the conversation turned to the Enneagram of all things (not a huge surprise among … Continue reading

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What we mean by love

Was not Jesus an extremist for love: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” … So the question is not whether … Continue reading

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Stuffed with grace

What part of speech is “religious”? If you answered “adjective” you’re right, except, of course, when religious is a noun. Now remember: a religious is religious, but you can be religious without being a religious. Teaching is difficult for countless … Continue reading

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My other church

I received an unexpected blessing a few weeks ago. It took the form of an email stating “the campus ministers have decided there will be no 9 pm mass on December 19”. I conduct and worship with a collegiate musical … Continue reading

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We are unprofitable servants, we have done what we were obliged to do

When you have done all you have been commanded,say, ‘We are unprofitable servants;we have done what we were obliged to do.’ (Luke 17: 10) I distinctly remember the first time I noticed these verses, which must have been two Cycle … Continue reading

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