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'Inconspicuous teachers'

The morning of Feb. 16 was the first time in 32 years that I was not greeted by a dog’s wagging tail and an enthusiastic acknowledgement for my sudden appearance. This constant in my life always made me feel loved and glad I made my way downstairs to start a new day. It was the first time I d...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Wounded and healed

Wounded and healed “But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him” (Luke 10: 33-34). The story of the Good Sam...
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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Never give up

Never give up I – as I am sure, many of you – have been watching the Olympics when I can. I enjoy watching the competitions, but I enjoy even more the stories that go with each athlete that may be featured.  The Olympics are amazing to see in the first place.  We see all the athletes who co...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Facing the barriers to our faith

In my years of trying to grow in faith, and to help others to do the same, I have observed that we often run into barriers. Our faith in God’s love and mercy goes only so far and no further. These barriers to our faith come in many different forms. Sometimes our faith runs into the barrier of...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Holy Spirit: The loving presence of God

The Holy Spirit: The loving presence of God As members of a society steeped in material realities, we often miss things that cannot be seen or touched. For western culture, the significance of the Holy Spirit of God can be diminished in comparison to the more concrete images of God as Father and as a human person in Jesus. Even though delvin...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The Silence of the Snow speaks!

“The heavens are telling the glory of God” (Psalm 19:2). Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! I know my enthusiasm for snow is not shared by all; but as a northerner, raised in Northeastern Ohio, I love all that cold white stuff and all the many things that come along with this meteor...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fraternal correction

“Fraternal correction is not the outcome of irritation at another’s faults, or of offended pride or wounded vanity. Love is the only possible motive for fraternally correcting our neighbor.”–St. Jose Maria Escriva.            ...
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Eternal Love

Eternal Love I have to admit … I’m a people watcher. I can observe so much about life from doing this in a spiritual way. Recently, I was sitting in church waiting for Mass to begin when I observed a couple a few pews in front of me.  It was clear that the man was affected by something that was...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Watching lines disappear

Many years ago, my family was on a flight to Disney World in Orlando.  I dislike flying and usually listen to music with my eyes closed to distract myself from the idea that I am only 39,000 feet away from a tragic ending.  On this particular flight, however, my three children served as a...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The mystery of Christ, the Incarnate Word of God

The mystery of Christ, the Incarnate Word of God “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).   The mystery of Christ is the second core concept listed in “Forming a People of Faith,”the lifelong-religio...
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Thursday, January 04, 2018