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Archive - May 2012

For Greater Glory

For Greater Glory

Sometimes in those late-night discussions of religion, friends have reminded me that a certain path to heaven is martyrdom.  I’ve always joked that I was hoping for a somewhat less painful path. I’d like to think that I would have the courage to be...

Works of mercy in Haiti

Works of mercy in Haiti

Feed the hungry, cure the sick, console the suffering…in normal settings these works of mercy take a month or longer to do. In Haiti, it’s all in a day’s work. Today, desperation, suffering and pain were all quite tangible. Desperation —...

Haiti: Babies and cribs!

Haiti: Babies and cribs!

Today I started to get a hint of what these young missionaries are seeking. So I will let them “tell you”. While they scraped away old paint off of cribs, I chatted with a few of them and asked them, why are you here? You will be amazed at their...

The Mountain

The Mountain

Looking over my shoulder, I can see the peak behind me. Before me lies the community lunching in the shade. I sit down exhausted and grab for the nearest grub. I just finished 6 miles, 3000ft up and back down in only 3 hours so anything tastes...

7 Churches

7 Churches

At different times we have an opportunity to visit different cultural and religious sites here in Rome. One tradition started by St Phillip Neri was to visit a series of 7 churches. (He started it to counteract Mardi Gras.) Now it happens at...

The Knowledge that Saves

The Knowledge that Saves

Last fall, I was the teacher instead of the student for the first time. Faced with a room full of 15-year-olds, I decided to begin an activity to get to know them. After asking them a few fun questions about themselves such as “Do you like spicy or...