Category Archives: sacraments

A strong driving wind

I read the first reading of today’s readings for Pentecost at my Confirmation. I loved the auditory “image” of a sound like a strong driving wind – something swirling into the room that had the power to embolden, to change … Continue reading

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An affirming flame

When everything was over on Friday night, or when it seemed at least a chapter of it was over, I was relieved turn off the TV, get away from Twitter and Facebook and shut out the noise. Even the voices … Continue reading

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Staying open to grace, even when we don’t approve

There’s a priest who I often hear who has a liturgical style that, shall we say, does not suit me. When he randomly shouts out “The Lord be with You!” because he’s forgotten where we are in the mass, I … Continue reading

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The Diagnosis (part 1 of 2)

This week I am celebrating (?)  my Diagnosiversary, one year after having been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. This is the first of two posts about that experience. One year ago today was the day before I was going to have … Continue reading

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What do you think about public confession?

The SJs over at The Jesuit Post posed a question on Twitter a few days ago: What do you think about public confession? Naturally, I had lots of opinions, since that was the major focus of my masters’ thesis. As … Continue reading

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The civic sacrament of voting

I have a very vivid memory from childhood of my father telling me that people should be able to keep what happens in the voting booth private. He defended it with a vehemence usually reserved for the seal of the … 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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This is my body…this is my blood. Take. Eat. Drink. There is so much to be amazed about in the accounts of Jesus’ final days. Knowing how he was to die, for us, I suppose I shouldn’t be amazed that … Continue reading

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Hitting Pause: Catholics Come Home

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. Last night while watching the Kennedy Center Honors … Continue reading

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The People of God

I’m not really into the culture war. I definitely fall on one side of it, but ultimately I find the arguments unproductive. The bickering is even more troubling in Church circles, and even more depressing. The recent translation changes to … Continue reading

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