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Lent 2019 Week 3

March 23rd, 2019

To continue the journey, to weave into it the ordinary, to listen, to cross the threshold – these are but a few of the wisdom challenges we have heard on our Shared Journey of Lent. And this week we are invited to take off our shoes, to pay attention, and to allow our patient God to yet again cultivate and nurture our fig tree into growth.

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Lent 2019 Week 2

March 16th, 2019

All of us are on a demanding life journey, and at times long for new ‘life’. The gift of this 40-day hiatus offers us an opportunity to take stock of our lives, inviting us to pause.

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Lent 2019 Week 1

March 6th, 2019

So, here we are again at the start of another Lenten season. For me, the operative word of that sentence is “again.” It’s Lent – again.

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A WALL NEVER COMES UP TRUMPS

February 27th, 2019

From day one of my life, they were there. First, an invisible, ideological one, then the visible one, dividing east from west Germany. It stretched for 66 miles from north to south. To detain those defecting from oppressive East Germany, the Berlin Wall was erected.

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This, Too, Was a Gift

February 14th, 2019

The legacy of the late beloved poet, Mary Oliver, was her rare and amazing ability to turn our usual thought patterns inside out and upside down. As boxes of chocolates fly off the shelves for Valentine’s Day, a friend gave me one of Oliver’s modicums of sweet wisdom.

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ARE YOU HOME?

February 1st, 2019

Early Saturday mornings tend to be my ‘sacred space’ after a busy week at work. Recently, on a chilly Saturday morning, I cracked open a soft-boiled egg for breakfast. As I peeled back its shell and tough skin, poet Mary Oliver’s admonition, “make room to be astonished by the wonder of it all” surfaced in my mind.

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On the Street where I Live

January 19th, 2019

It was not on “Some enchanted evening … across a crowded room,” I saw the stranger. No, I saw the stranger on the street where I live, on a cold winter’s day.

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Advent Reflection – Week 4

December 23rd, 2018

Echoing those words of Pope Francis that holiness is all about relationships and an invitation into an intimate relationship with Christ, today we see a beautiful example of human intimacy and in a very simple and loving manner.

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Advent Reflection – Week 3

December 14th, 2018

On this third Sunday of Advent the Reading from Zephaniah reminds me of the lyrics of Carey Landry’s song that speaks of the Father dancing, “And the Father will dance as on a day of joy…” So begins the song echoing today’s reading from Zephaniah. The joy we read about is God’s joy, God’s rejoicing over us! God rejoicing to be in our midst!

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Advent Reflection – Week 2

December 7th, 2018

On this Second Sunday of Advent my mind wonders/wanders at the crossroads of holiness, wholeness and making our paths straight. I hear the exhortation of Pope Francis to holiness within the ordinary of our lives

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