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Life is Difficult

“Life is difficult,” the opening sentence of the bestseller The Road Less Travelled by Scot Peck, has been a guiding statement for me ever since reading the book. It is a reminder of the challenges that all of us face as we live the life we’re given. I’ve discovered that my ranting and raving about life being unfair doesn’t seem to change reality much, so somehow I need to deal with what is as it is. A second reflection I’ve come across over the years is the thought that what life presents is a challenge …

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Don’t Panic!

Are you panicking yet?!  It’s almost here – are you ready?! I will admit to a few moments of anxiety myself these last couple of weeks.   Yikes!  I thought – we’re nowhere near ready!  But any sense of panic is balanced by the realization that Advent is a journey, and Christmas really isn’t THE final destination. We want the holiday to be special, sure, but in so many ways it is just a metaphor for what is (or should be) taking place in our life overall. So, rather than on Christmas Day, perhaps this season’s …

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Consumerism

I saw a photo on Facebook yesterday. It was of a girl crying hysterically because she got a white iPhone for Christmas instead of a black one. Next to it was a photo of two dirty feet wearing flip-flops made from old cloth and flattened 2 liter bottles. No words were necessary – the picture said enough.  It is easy to look at these Facebook things and then forget them when the next photo comes along. But this one stuck with me. Of course, I felt the injustice of what most of the world lives …

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Holistic Vision of Work

One of my teens, he is working around the parish this summer, recently stopped by my office to express a rather odd enthusiasm.  He had just finished cleaning the sanctuary of the Church and couldn’t get over how satisfying the work was – however mundane.  I think anyone who has acted as a sacristan might share the same sentiment. This interaction exhumed a memory lodged in a dark corner of my mind.  I recalled my time spent in Rome and on the cupola (dome) tour of St. Peter’s.  This is the tour that allows people …

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We All Belong To God

I have always envied those people who can keep a clean desk. At the end of the day there is nothing on it. How do people do that?! If I did that I would never find anything. Once I have filed something it is lost to my memory.  Instead, I am the pile person. I am the person that has to see the visual evidence sitting on my desk in order to remember to do what it is that I am supposed to do. I am the person that gets lost in the decision of …

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The Body of Christ: That’s All of Us

We all know that the Church is the Body of Christ and that each member is necessary. We hear this from St. Paul’s epistles on a regular basis.  I wonder, though, whether we are truly comprehensive in valuing the members of the Body of Christ and their importance to the whole. Our vocabulary about some people seems to imply a certain lack of honor for their vital importance. When we classify people as handicapped or disabled, how focused are we on their contributions? I have thought about this question quite a bit over the last …

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