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Heaven and Home

When I was in the Franciscan seminary,  my novice director encouraged me to view things “under the aspect of eternity”. However, the setup of Western society is such that if we’re young and from a materially prosperous enough background, we can maintain the … Continue reading

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Creating a Catholic Home

I was reviewing the subtitle of this blog, “Thoughts from the heart on the new evangelization.” Something that I tend to take for granted, since it has been a part of our life for years, is the evangelizing power of … Continue reading

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Heroes

With some of my clients, when it seems likely that their present difficulties have a lot to do with childhood influences, I’ll have them fill out a handout called a “Life Script”. The Life Script helps clarify how the client … Continue reading

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To Kiss the Face of Christ

I went on a silent retreat about a month ago, and while there I got the news that someone in the extended family had died. Geographical distance made it impossible for me to get there very soon to comfort or … Continue reading

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As The Deer Longs…

(My apologies – if the infrequency of my posts hasn’t driven all readers away! – for not posting so long. I’m resolving to post every Friday henceforth: it gives me a structure, and it gives anyone following my blog to … Continue reading

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Waiting and Purification

My wife and I frequently talk about a shared sense of urgency: a sense of something more that we’re waiting for, of being on the brink – not just as a couple or a family, or even as a parish or … Continue reading

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Of Gollum and Grace

I am a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings (TLOTR). I was obsessed with it, reading it through a dozen times between sixth grade and senior year of high school. After I came into a personal relationship with Jesus … Continue reading

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Mom

“Your mother was a remarkable woman.” From person after person at the wake service. Over and over. Hundreds signed the guest book, and we guessed that a hundred more, at least, came. And this for an 88-year-old woman many of … Continue reading

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Speak out, shepherds!

An out-of-state friend was telling me about a recent homily at his parish. The priest was apparently upset by some feedback that he should speak out on political issues. He stated that it wasn’t the job of the clergy to talk publicly about politics: … Continue reading

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The Need for Encouragement

A consistent theme of late has been: “Don’t give in to discouragement.” I had this in mind for today’s post, and then at Mass this morning, our associate pastor,  preached about not getting discouraged – which had no direct connection to the readings. … Continue reading

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