Category Archives: spirituality

Bernard of Clairvaux

The name saint of my graduate school has a feast today. I suspect Trappists around the world today have a little festivity added to their austerity. In his lifetime, Bernard was something of a wunderkind. Abbot at 25. More effective … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Something Old, Something New

Not a book title, but just a reference to two books that have been on my desktop at work for the past few months. A staff colleague gave me a copy of Matthew Kelly’s 2011 book The One Thing. Sixty … Continue reading

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Moving On From Lot’s Wife

I’ve always loved the cheek of bargaining with God in Genesis 18. Abraham is well aware of his creaturely status, but comes back again and again to make his case for a few innocents in Sodom. He’s thinking of Lot, no … Continue reading

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Off To Retreat

I’ve been away from the blog before, so y’all know the drill. Play nice, especially with FrM. Amoris Laetitia posts all set up for the coming week, so tune in around 4am Pacific daylight time for the daily feed. If … Continue reading

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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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