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Benjamin’s Sorrow

You will, without doubt, succeed, if you never lose sight of the great consoling truth that nothing happens in this world but by the command of God, or at least, with His divine permission; and that whatever He wills, or permits turns infallibly to the advantages of those who are submissive and resigned [to God]. – Jean-Pierre de Caussade.   I have recently been working my way through a spiritually intense book called Abandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Caussade makes a reference to Benjamin, the youngest son of Jacob and half-brother to …

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Rounding Third and Heading for Home

This year, opening day fell the day after Easter. Two events that serve as harbingers of spring—no matter what the weather is—in the closest possible proximity. They are days that give us hope that winter will be ending sooner than later and that the long, hot days of summer can’t be far off.  (I personally am much fonder of heat than cold, so this is a time of celebration for many reasons.) For me, this time of year also signaled that I am in the home stretch of my “initiation” into life at a new …

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The Race is On!

I ran track for one year in high school. Mostly the mile and two mile.  The mile I liked, but the two mile, now that’s a different story.  Something about going around in circles eight times in the same direction—it felt pointless to run all that way just to end up right where I’d started.  And track meets—ugh.  Seems like it was always either freezing and raining or baking hot.  No in between.  I remember sitting in the stands (and sometimes under them) bundled up against the wind and rain trying to do my homework …

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May We Die with You, To Rise with You in Glory

Recently I attended the funeral rites of a young person who experienced a tragic death. The line at the funeral home was continuously long. On the day of the funeral the Church was packed. No one knows what to say. Everyone is grappling with mixed emotions-one minute sad, another minute angry, another perplexed.  Its times like this, at crisis moments in life, that I feel helpless. What do we do as Catholics during these moments? We return to ritual. I love that the Catholic Church knows how to do its rituals. During these rituals we …

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We Are Grateful Believers!

In 2007, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk wrote a Pastoral Letter entitled, “Giving and Doing Thanks: A Letter to the Faithful of Cincinnati on Gratitude.”  In reflecting upon the Pastoral Letter, it has provided me an opportunity to give thanks to our God for the Community of the Church of the Resurrection. Earlier this month, the Church of the Resurrection celebrated its Second Anniversary.  The Church of the Resurrection is a new parish that was formed through the closure and merger of four urban parishes, Saint Agnes, Saint Andrew, Saint Mark and Saint Martin de Porres on …

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Heat Wave

My yard is quickly becoming a study in brown.  The lush green grass that I was mowing every other day a few months ago has simply stopped growing.  The soil has been baked so hard that I’ve been cutting out brick-sized blocks and building an extra garage.   Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is pretty stinking hot out there. Granted, June is usually pretty warm, but this past month was downright ridiculous.  You know before too long the headlines will be screaming OPPRESSIVE HEAT,  EXTREME WEATHER, and GLOBAL WARMING, and …

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Death and Life

Last year, I had the privilege of leading a retreat for about 100 teens in Denver. On the last evening of the retreat, I stepped out of room where Eucharistic Adoration was taking place, ran into a distraught-looking girl.  Without thinking, I asked her how she was doing. (The second I asked the question, everything inside of me answered it, “Duh, you fool.  Clearly she is not doing well.  Ask better questions.) Of course she said, “Not well.” Then, she elaborated, “My brother, he’s 10.  He has a chronic illness that could kill him.  I …

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Transitions

The Easter Season is many things to many people.  For the not so religious it is a time for shopping for the latest fashions, planning and executing the perfect egg hunt, and finding all the best-tasting chocolate creations that now come in all forms. For the Catholic religious, it begins with Lent, leading up to Holy Week with a hard-core press of services from Holy Thursday until Easter morning Mass.  Then we begin the Great Fifty Days of Easter on our way to Pentecost. A great part of my Lenten season, Easter and the beginning …

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God’s “Bravo” for Jesus.

If Jesus’ life had ended on the cross, his story might have been a high point in creation. Here was someone who had done everything right, had followed God’s plan for the world in his words and actions, had attempted to contribute to the development of what God had begun in the human creature, had apparently demonstrated how rich and how spiritually profound a human life could be. It was an exemplary life. But Jesus’ life ending on the cross would also have been one of the saddest stories in the history of creation. He …

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Transformation is Hard Work

Transformation is hard work.  I usually avoid it when I can. When I first entered my religious community, I was zealous and excited, and I would pray with Revelation 21:5, “See, I am making all things new.”   And I was elated about the newness.  Everything seemed beautiful and exciting.  It felt to me like the first birds singing on Easter morning. Then, as a second year novice, after I had moved in and out of several of our community houses and been in the formation process for a while, I was tired of movement and …

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