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The Morning Offering

My commute to work is not very long, less than ten minutes even if I miss all of the lights. It isn’t precisely what one would describe as a scenic drive, traversing down Madison Road through Oakley and into Madisonville. I pass businesses, stores, a very large megachurch complex, bowling alley, and the Children’s Home. Despite this mundane backdrop, I find this three mile drive to be often breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring. Generally speaking, I am on the road somewhere between 7 and 8. Depending on the time of year, the sun is somewhere over …

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God’s Grandeur

During my sophomore year in college I had to take a course on poetry, which filled me with a profound sense of dread.  I hated poetry.  I just didn’t get it. I figured if you wanted to say something, you oughtta just say it.  Why dance around with a bunch of metaphors and fancy words that nobody’s ever heard of? Do you really need a 14 line sonnet to say “I love you”?  And these clowns who don’t want to be constricted by things like rhyme or rhythm – how is that poetry?  Let’s be …

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Bringing Back the Bluebirds!

A couple years ago, a Franciscan friar in my community, Fr. Carl, built and mounted a number of bird houses on the property of our St. Anthony Shrine. The birdhouses are nicely constructed of cedar and are the exact type suited for bluebirds. Because there were no bluebirds around the shrine property, we friars joked that the birdhouses were built on the “if-you-build-it-they-will-come principle.” We have lots of birds around St. Anthony Shrine. Cardinals, robins, woodpeckers and finches of every color are abundant. There are a few boisterous mockingbirds. And, yes, we have bluejays, warblers, …

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An Oasis During Lent

A few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of a week’s vacation in Costa Rica. This was hardly a sacrificial experience for the 2nd week of Lent, as I played in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean with my oldest daughter and two granddaughters, lounged on the huge verandah, and fell asleep to the cacophony of what sounded like a million tropical insects. We did eat modestly. Beans and rice were on the menu for dinner most nights. The area where we stayed is far from the tourist centers, and so the small local …

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Guests at God’s Celebration

The world that God created does not belong to us. It belongs to God. We are guests here, invited for a temporary stay while permanent arrangements are being made for us. But while we are here, God has plans for us. To begin with, God wants us to enjoy what he has created. God wants us to have a good time at this celebration of his goodness and love. The vastness, variety and beauty of what God has created are intended to give pleasure not just to him, but to us as well. God doesn’t …

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Traces of God in Nature

I have always enjoyed being outdoors – a walk through a forest, a view from a mountaintop, a stop at the base of a waterfall. I know that I am not alone. Many of us find an innate connection to nature. Why? Because God made all of it, too. As creatures, we are attracted to the rest of God’s creation – all visible signs of an amazing creator. It is not too surprising then that some of the greatest scientists – biologists, zoologists, and botanists – have been Christians (and more than a few have …

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The Gift of Eccentricity

Yep, I was an eccentric young woman; my lifestyle was decidedly different than that of my peers.  Today, I am still pretty eccentric, but I’d like to think the lifestyle is a bit more accepted.  Rather than shoes, jewelry or fancy cars, I’ve had a lifelong love affair with seeds, fruit trees, fermenting crocks, feed stores, dairy goats, and canning jars. More than once I’ve been labeled “that crazy earth mother Sue.” Yet what joy the practices of this life give my family and me!  I spend my free time delightedly kneading gloppy messes into …

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