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Archive - January 2014

Fertile soil

Fertile soil

On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables, and in the...

What Man is Made Of

What Man is Made Of

What am I made of? Of flesh and bones, skin and marrow? Of rhythmic heartbeats and shallow breaths,  and a trillion tiny cells? Yes, but this is only the beginning. What am I made of? The union of a man and woman? Of the dust of the town where I was...

What Redeems

What Redeems

A few weeks ago I on retreat, and although it was encouraged, I did not particularly feel like praying the Stations of the Cross. And then, I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to pray them in a specific way. For each station, I not only contemplated...

It’s OK to Fall

It’s OK to Fall

I love watching the Summer Olympics. Ever since I discovered gymnastics, they have been magical to me. It’s been 10 years since I last set foot in a gym, and, I must admit, I still surprise myself when I realize that I am sitting tensely on the edge...

Go to the desert

Go to the desert

“To receive the grace of God you must go to the desert and stay awhile.” Blessed Charles de Foucauld Every Catholic who really desires to grow in their friendship with Christ and wants to learn what God wants them to do, should be going...

He had a dream

He had a dream

In August, 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, to me the most moving work of oratorical art in American history. Oh, there are some speeches by Ronald Reagan that move me. And nobody doubts that Lincoln’s Gettysburg...

Struggle

Struggle

” Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of the sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope he will rise in the end.” – Nelson Mandela I’m driving inland to the center of...