Category Archives: spirituality

Freedom To Serve

I was chatting with my bridge partner before our game the other night. It’s always an interesting conversation when I explain my ministry/work/clerical status in the Church. My careful discernment of three decades ago has led me to where I … Continue reading

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The Mercy of Peter

I’ve always found John 21:15 and Jesus’ question a bit off: Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these? In this weekend’s reading, it occurred to me that Jesus might not have been asking what I thought … Continue reading

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Act of Hope

O my God, relying on your infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen. Liam mentioned this … Continue reading

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A Palm Bird

I believe in the practice, as much as is possible, of looking for that nudge from the divine. Even at liturgy, that word, phrase, or image–much as we might do with Lectio Divina–might beckon us to go deeper in some way. … Continue reading

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From Anselm of Canterbury

A bit more than a third of the way through Lent, and perhaps it is time for some encouragement from the sainted Benedictine monk Anselm: O my God teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how to … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Jesus of Nazareth

I began reading this book well over two years ago. I described it here metaphorically as “fruitcake soaked in rum.” I set the treat aside for many months, returning to it occasionally, finally finishing it this past week. I found … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Some Contrasts in Conversion

I started the year off with some fiction. I noticed a brief post on Christopher Beha’s 2012 novel What Happened to Sophie Wilder? and with the mention of the title character’s conversion to Catholicism, I thought it would be an … Continue reading

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