Category Archives: spirituality

From Music?

A few of my Omaha friends have introduced me as their “former choir director” from Ames. I feel pleased with their regard for me, but in fact, I haven’t ever been in a situation of being a music director in … Continue reading

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Finding the Trinity at Playland

When I was a little girl, my father, loved to take us to a local amusement park, Playland. This old fashioned park was shown to the world in the Tom Hanks movie, Big. I can easily recall the excitement of … Continue reading

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Leave Off That Last Bookend?

I have three-plus chapters to read for homework tonight, so I’m not going to get deeply theological. But while I was on retreat last week, something occurred to me. I wonder if you’ve noticed it, or done something with it. … Continue reading

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Knowing Christ

The students have “WNL” (Wednesday Night Liturgy) weekly during the summer session. Tonight they did Lectio Divina, and naturally, I could not stay away. (I had some last-minute packing up in my office to boot.) The Scripture they gave was … Continue reading

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Mini-Sabbatical Coming Up

I can hardly believe it is nearly time for me to take a five-week leave of Ames, Iowa and the parish and student center where I serve. Thanks to generous grants from the archdiocese and from an endowment set up … Continue reading

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Is Conscious Evolution A Heresy?

In the musical Hair, and so marvelously sung by the Fifth Dimension, there was that hope expressed that some new age will arrive and … Then peace will guide the planetsAnd love will steer the stars … Harmony and understandingSympathy and trust … Continue reading

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Confirmation Names

An interesting discussion unfolds this week at PrayTell on the practice of taking a confirmation name. For the purpose of full disclosure, I admit I have such a name. I also admit that I didn’t discourage the young miss when … Continue reading

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