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Dismas: A Journey of Forgiveness

The only place I felt forgiven was in the Catholic church. The individual who expressed this sentiment is a convicted felon, a young man who served time and has continued to serve time through the seemingly never-ending punishments meted out by society after the door closes behind you on the way out of prison. I didn’t know much about returning citizens until three years ago when I joined a task force of Advocate for Justice, the Archdiocesan Social Action Collaborative. So often when we speak of the criminal justice system, we speak in terms of …

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Go Enjoy That Grace!

I have a confession to make.  I just went months without going to confession.  Now, I know that a few months in between confessions is not that uncommon, but, well, it’s too uncommon for a sinner like me.  When I awoke that last morning, I was haunted by feelings of unworthiness, feelings of bitterness, and feelings that the weight of the world was closing in on me.  Needless to say, these feelings did not put me in much of a mood to go confession. Oh, and I was chuck full of good excuses on why …

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Honeysuckle from Hell

A number of years ago, we decided to let part of our backyard go wild. We had tiger lilies and wild blackberries growing back there, as well as some wildflowers, and we added some pine trees to the mix.  I had visions of a little slice of Eden right in our own yard.  What we got was honeysuckle.  Lots and lots of honeysuckle.  It smells great, but it has absolutely taken over.  The tiger lilies and wildflowers are a distant memory.  The blackberries are in danger.  Our pine trees look like Charlie Brown specials, and …

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It’s Killing Me Slowly, But Joy Comes in the Morning

I’ve been engaged in the Rediscovering Catholicism conversations with parishioners and I’ve recently read the book, “Growing an Engaged Church – How to Stop “Doing Church” and Start BEING the Church Again” by Albert L. Winseman.  It has been a fascinating journey to rediscover and stoke the passions deep within me to seek a deeper relationship with the Lord.  The installation of Pope Francis has opened eyes and renewed hope for what the Church can be -servants to the least of our brothers and sisters.   Yet, in the midst of it all, the unveiling …

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Dead End

Our oldest daughter goes to the University of Dayton, an easy 10 minute drive from home – until this summer. The road we usually take to campus has been closed for construction since May and will remain so until sometime in October.   And so when we dropped her off at school a few weeks ago, we took an alternate route.  It’s not much more out of the way, but it takes some getting used to.   The other night, for example, I was on my way to her apartment to bring her something and I totally …

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‘Fessin Up.

When it comes to being organized, most people fall into one of two categories: they are either filers or pilers. Well, I have a confession to make: I am a piler. All you have to do to be convinced of that is to look at my desk or my garage. I was cleaning out the garage a while ago, such as it is, and a ladder that I had leaning against the wall fell over, putting a dent between the glass and the side door of Colleen’s car. It was in kind of an odd …

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A Confession about Confession

It’s a standard fixture on parishes’ calendars of Lenten observances. Snuggled in between Stations of the Cross and the Simple Supper and Speaker Series, it’s usually just a set of dates and times, a simple notation of the opportunities to take action on the Ash Wednesday imperative to turn away from sin. In one word, it’s an invitation to get my relationship with God back on track, to purify my heart and mind, and to once again partake in the grace freely given. But simply the sight of the word makes my heart race and …

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3 Simple Steps Guaranteed to get you in the next available Confessional Line

Lent. It seems to sneak up on me every year. Time to schedule Friday Fish Fries into my calendar, and throw out all of my chocolate for 40 days (except for Sundays of course). Unless I am really intentional about how I enter into Lent, it can come and go without making a big impact on my life, a point already well made by our Being Catholic bloggers here and here and even here. One of the Lenten practices that never fails to impact my life, though, is going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I …

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