Category Archives: prayer

God’s dwelling place is with the human race

Behold, God’s dwelling place is with the human race. God, are you so sure that’s a good idea? It seems like every few weeks we hear news of another way that the world is falling apart. Shootings, bombings, stinginess, meanspiritedness, … Continue reading

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Children of Eternity: the Boston Prays Together interfaith prayer service

I was proud of so many things while watching the prayer service in response to the Boston marathon bombing. I was proud of my city, proud of its leaders, proud of its faith community, proud of its artists, and proud … Continue reading

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Blood on my bus stop

It was bound to happen sooner or later. Indeed, it happened once before. I was in a Medieval/Renaissance music class on the other side of Boston when planes took off from Boston Logan Airport that would later be flown into … Continue reading

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The fruitfulness of desolation

There are some Gospel passages, poetry, songs, pieces of art, for which I know I’m not ready. I’ve pondered them and know in my heart that someday they will mean something to me. Someday they will shake my foundation. But not yet. … Continue reading

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when it’s hard to say “I’m praying for you”

Recently I heard sad news from someone I know too well to call an acquaintance and not quite well enough to call a good friend. When I heard this news my heart ached, and I wished peace and consolation onto … Continue reading

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Yes, of course, always I love you: Moments from a retreat

There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by. A life of good days lived in the senses is not enough. The life of sensation is a life of greed; it requires … Continue reading

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not to negate but to redeem

Many times I have smiled at the naïveté of Hopkins’ nun taking the veil, who desires to go where springs not fail. I posted this poem at the start of my recent silent retreat, even though I knew that cloistering myself … Continue reading

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Now is the time

Now is the time to know that all you do is sacred. Now, why not consider a lasting truce with yourself and God. Now is the time to understand that all your ideas of right and wrong were just a … Continue reading

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Trimming the fat

Every year around this time I jokingly lament my upcoming Lenten sacrifices, while secretly longing for the glimpses of asceticism that my Lenten practices my bring me. Part of the reason I take Lent so seriously is because I need … Continue reading

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Having repeatedly examined my conscience before God

As the story goes, St Anthony of Egypt, the first known Christian monk, lived to be 105. When asked about that, I often respond “that’s what years of clean living will do to you.” Remember when the Church hated the … Continue reading

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