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Archive - April 2017

Walking with Christ

Walking with Christ

Jesus in the gospel today finds his disciples walking away from Jerusalem. At times, we can think that all seems to be going really well, but all the sudden a fork in the road appears and we continue along the path that seems to be the surest, where...

Small town global

Small town global

I’ve been hearing for years that the world is getting smaller, that we live in a global community.  And it is true, right in a small American town, in a small American state. This week, teaching a short course to Humanities students at our seminary...

Behind the black curtain

Behind the black curtain

It was a dark and stormy night. Well…it really was just overcast with a little drizzle.  But the plane ride had been a bit bumpy, the road slightly slick from rain – and I was passing behind the black curtain. There really isn’t a black curtain, any...

Gift #3: Nikki

Gift #3: Nikki

Nikki works at Macaroni Grill. She is a beautiful African-American woman in her late thirties, and I met her when my community was invited to join a family for dinner there last month. Right away I realized that she wasn’t just a typical waitress...

Gift #1: Elsa

Gift #1: Elsa

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is the first in a series of reflections of people writer Rachel Peach encountered in everyday life. Reading John Paul II’s meditation on “givenness” both inspired and challenged me on my outlook on life; am I able to...

Gift #2: Joshua

Gift #2: Joshua

Joshua works at Lowe’s. I met him back in December when I needed to get more a more specific type of light bulbs for some of the light fixtures in my community’s home. It was at the end of the day; it was already dark out, and I wasn’t the only...

An unexpected conversation

An unexpected conversation

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of [his] disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may [come to] believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in...

Empty

Empty

The tabernacle is empty. Last night’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper was a beautiful liturgy.  The incense.  Glorious music. Washing of the feet.  Procession and repose. The tabernacle is empty and there is an uneasy aching in my heart, a sense that...