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The Two Sides of Silence

Before embarking on some sort of journey, be it going to another destination, or planning a vacation etc., there can be the tendency to romanticize the process. Anticipation is often different than the actual experience. When pondering the need for silence, it can be one sided when it is simply being thought about or when […]

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God pursues us for a reason

To let others know that our lives are important and that God pursues us for a reason “How many times do we hear: ‘Come on, you Christians, be a little bit more normal, like other people, and be reasonable!’ This is real snake charmer’s talk: ‘Come on, just be like this, okay? A little bit […]

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Advent: Trust is essential in our waiting

“One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along, that while we need to be reassured of God’s arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God’s grace […]

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Advent, waiting for the encounter

Advent is an invitation “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, Pope Francis said Nov. 27 in St. Peter’s Square. “If, on the contrary, we are conditioned and overpowered by them, it is not possible to perceive that which is much more important: our final encounter with the Lord.”—Pope Francis […]

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All who hope in God

Mary’s song of praise in the Magnificat “is the canticle of the People of God on the journey, and of all men and women who hope in God,  in the power of his mercy.” Pope Francis Advent is a time of hope.  For Jesus Christ is God’s mercy in the flesh and Mary in her joy […]

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Peace calls for daily commitment

True peace is not a balance of opposing forces, and it is not ‘a lovely façade’ simply covering conflicts and divisions. Rather, peace calls for daily commitment –t’s homemade — starting from God’s gift, from the grace which he has given us in Jesus Christ.—Pope Francis During the season of Advent the term “Peace on […]

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Wondrous

(rambling-ness-nonsense) Beauty surrounds and imbues every moment, on occasion hidden from immediate view , perceptions clouded by life’s uncertainties, the present lost in the inner cluttered borne. Faces old and young and those in-between, smooth skin, laugh lines, deep creases, one of times gifts, eyes wise with experiences or bright with life’s beginnings, or simply […]

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Logos

To life we are called, abundance our destiny, yet often in inner poverty trapped, rigid stances, Thanatos’s grip strong, it’s chains wrapping the soul in a cold embrace, freezing out hope and the warmth it gives, the tree of life dormant within. Wintery grey taken for the whole of reality, with only nothingness expected, yet […]

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What we are

The “Song of Songs” is a beautiful book of erotic poetry, describing what many find hard to accept, longings infinite, emotions strong, our beauty alluring to the eternal, which is presented or revealed to us as a love sick suitor running after the beloved. Each human an object of desire by the infinite, perhaps the […]

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Being thankful for the dark times

A thanksgiving retreat We had a retreat on thankfulness this Mon-Wed of this week (2016).  This time of the year the number is usually small; we had five participants.  Usually we have larger groups.  I do like the smaller ones however.  When I started off the discussion, I reminded the group that when thinking about […]

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