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Compelled to Serve

Compelled to Serve Last week I participated in Mission Evansville, a wonderful local service retreat hosted by our diocese. It prompted me to consider what actually causes us to act. We often see needs in the community, but we don’t respond – usually because of that fatal preference for convenience. The b...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Mornings with Jesus

Mornings with Jesus On average, in addition to all my work reading, I finish a book a month for enjoyment … well, until my daughter was born—she has limited what I read in the evenings to fictional novels that can be consumed in small cognitive bites. The content, then, obviously is neither nourishing to m...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Is Everyone a Poet?

Is Everyone a Poet? We all desire stronger relationships. Strengthening relationships requires good communication, though, which requires expressing ourselves well. This self-expression necessitates mediums beyond just dialogue because other things—such as poetry, song, and dance—reach depths of communicat...
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Authentic human connection is still the best

Authentic human connection is still the best My husband and I drove by a couple of teenagers holding signs advertising a bake sale. Neither of us could read the signs from our car, and we continued on our way to the gas station less than a hundred yards away. I reached for my phone, thinking I’d look on the internet to see what the bake...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019

How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise

How to accept criticism: a spiritual exercise More than 19 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of “Game of Thrones” May 19, making it the most viewed show to ever air on HBO. Yet many were dissatisfied with what they saw, hurling gripe after grouse online. The finale didn’t fit the ethos of the show, they insis...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Finding a home

Finding a home When I arrived at the University of Evansville two years ago and moved into my dorm room, I had no idea what was in store for me.   Before college, I considered myself a good Catholic. I thought that meant going to church and believing; and while those are good parts of faith, I had yet t...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019

What's in a name?

What's in a name? One significant aspect of being human is being called by name. To continue last week’s exploration of what it means to be human, God calls us by name to indicate his particular love for us (Is 43:1, Jn 10:3). When others use our name, we know we are important to them. Many psychological studi...
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Simple as that

Simple as that What does it mean to be human? What is the existential situation of man? These questions are intensely relevant to our daily lives, to how we express ourselves and enter into relationships with one another. They are not lofty subjects out of touch with the real world, and the questions of the heart...
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

The True Meaning of Poverty

The True Meaning of Poverty “For us Christians, poverty is not a sociological, philosophical or cultural category. No, it is a theological category. I would say, perhaps the first category, because God, the Son of God, abased Himself, made Himself poor to walk with us on the road. And this is our poverty: the poverty of...
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

All the news that's fit to print

All the news that's fit to print “Wife Returned After Having Fine Funeral.”  The headline of a 483-word story in the March 15, 1904, edition of The New York Times bore a sly nod to Tom Sawyer. A man named Ignacio Valente was charging the city with a funeral bill he had been wrongfully issued, according to the Time...
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Thursday, May 02, 2019