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Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: The human experience for everyone is a rough journey.  We can often hide from others what is going on inside of us; we can smile when in reality there is a war going on within.  We experience injustice, injury, doubt and yes despair.  We can also go […]

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Feast day of Therese of Lisieux

(We are called to embrace the somber reality of our world) “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” ― Therese de Lisieux Many people do with St. Therese of Lisieux what […]

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John H.

John (not his real name) is a very immature adult, at least on an emotional level. In the 37 years that I have known him, 17 of those was spent in manifesting bullying behavior, to not only keep people at a distance, but also manipulate them through fear; which worked to his detriment as well […]

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Loss

I would suppose when all is said and done, when priorities are set after much thought, and yes prayer, in the end, the answer arrived at, sooner for some, later for others; is……. it is love that the heart seeks, more than mere instinct, for it is true that our loves can be needy, we […]

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Do not cling

His mother ill in the hospital very sick and he is going crazy not knowing what to do, so he calls the doctor expecting an answer, when often the only answer is one he does not want to hear; she is old winding down though slowly, doctors can only do so much in any circumstance […]

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The hardest task of all

I often wonder why I am at times even though I know it is wrong; yet I persist like someone picking a wound, over and over again in being unfair in my attitude towards others. Self righteousness really at its root, when they commit the same faults or sins that I do, more willing to […]

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Getting Older

Emilio, is Cuban gentleman, in his younger days a teacher, and a philosopher, at least he is to me. He has a way of dealing with life that I respect and admire. He is organized to a fault, but not overly rigid, listens to his doctors and benefits from his not needing to constantly fight […]

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Inner itch

What is the gnawing that many feel, that drives us here and there like mad men and women as if we are trying to scratch an inner itch that simply cannot be reached? Why the self destructive behavior the thanatos principle in plain view for all to see(?), our world a place where death is […]

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The fight

The call can be strong even insistent in its pursuit yet I often ignore, or perhaps run from the freedom offered, as if I prefer my chains of petty concerns and fears to the wide open spaces offered to me by grace, locked behind a door that I have the key to, often not used. […]

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Hook in me

Emotions flow of their own accord often times my mind plays it’s own tapes, movies, reruns seen often, all I have to do is sit back and observe, the length of their life depending on how the observer reacts, calmly allowing things to proceed, or being absorbed by the inner play, which allows the story […]

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