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Tag Archive for ‘love’

Regret, pain, loss and tears

A prisoner’s sorrow I am writing a prisoner, his name is Roger, who has been in prison for many years, but, hopefully, will be getting out soon on parole. He is I believe one of those who will not be going back in. At least that is my prayer, for him. In his last letter, […]

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Do what is just, to show constant love

No, the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God. (Micah 6:8) Recently I had to spend some time at Grady Hospital here in Atlanta. I had to sit with a […]

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It is in giving that we receive

notes on the second part of the prayer of St. Francis O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are […]

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To be seen

The more the life of Jesus is contemplated, I believe the broader our understanding of what it was about deepens.  To enter into one of the stories and see how differently Jesus related to others can be an eye opener.  The Samaritan woman for instance with whom Jesus talked to at the well.  It is […]

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My experience in talking to loving parents

The words of a loving father “All I can do is journey with my son in suffering” The older I get and the more I experience being with people who truly take their roles as a father and mother seriously, the more humbled I am. I would think that if there is a royal road […]

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Love makes us all children

We are all a ‘thou’ in God’s eyes, we are God’s ’thou’ and the Eternal is ours. This relationship is often hidden, yet I have slowly come to the realization, or perhaps I am at the beginning of this, that God is closer to us than our own soul revealed as love, keeping us each […]

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A journey of growth that is eternal.

“Ponder these words: He and I. Live them. I and you: I in you.” He and I, Gabrielle Bossis (Pauline Books) The pull of love is towards union. Our hearts desire it and as well fears it. To let go means dropping many obstacles so that the beloved can enter in. The deeper the love the more longing […]

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Prayers always help

From time to time someone who has ‘issues’ with the Catholic Church will tell me that they will pray for my salvation. I always welcome prayers no matter who says them for me. Any prayer that is true comes from a place of charity, and then I will leave it up to the good Lord. […]

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After Compline (Our beloved friends)

After Compline, the last prayer service (or Divine Office) of the day, I go and set up the books for Vigils, which is our first Office early in the morning. As I set up the books, I see the locals that come here just about every day. They come up for the asperges, which is […]

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Love is love after all (The final days of a beloved pet)

My friend, Br. Mark, penned the following article a month ago and I saved it for this particular day, the first anniversary of the passing of my own dog, Tucker, who succumbed to kidney failure after a two year struggle. Over the past year I wondered if I was being selfish by not putting him to sleep […]

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