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How Do I Get Into THAT Group?

“He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.”  This verse appears at the beginning of John 13, and we heard it recently at Holy Thursday Mass.    For some reason, this line jumped off the page at me during Holy Week, even more than the image of Jesus’ self-awareness about his power before stooping to wash feet. There is an incredible intimacy about this line – Jesus loved his own until the end.  The Greek word here is just as strong, idios, which literally means pertaining to one’s self, or …

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What are you giving up for Lent?

“What are you giving up for Lent?” Every year this seems to be the most asked question (and perhaps the most debated) of the late winter or early spring. When I was very young and in Catholic grade school we were told that we should give up something that would be a real sacrifice. Saying that we would give up liver and onions was not going to work. We had to give up chocolate or soda, potato chips or biting my nails – true sacrifices of youth. As I entered my teenage years, especially after …

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