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Seeking: Meaningful Retirement?

Seeking a meaningful retirement?  Here’s some great examples! At a workshop on planning for retirement, I heard the guest speaker invite the participants to, “Draw a line with significant dates and events of your life on it.  Then ask yourself, ‘what do you want to achieve or do with the rest of your life?’”  That lead to a rich discussion about investigating some creative opportunities.  I offered the group copies of “Response 2013” which lists Catholic organization seeking volunteers of all ages.  They were all snapped up. While winding down his career in engineering and …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

July 21, 2013: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of …

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The Whole Christ

Have you ever come to a point where something you thought you knew became a thing that you realize you never really knew like you thought you did. I know this might seem like a convoluted question. And maybe it is. I just chalk it up to the mystery of Jesus Christ. Recently I was preparing prayer for a parish staff meeting. The daily Gospel reading for the prayer was part of the Bread of Life Discourse in the Gospel of John-namely John 6: 44-51. Jesus says “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors …

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Preferential Option for the Other

Sometimes I am guilty of being idealistic and naïve. I get that. I want things to be simple and good. But after awhile experience teaches me to be very realistic. The trick is to not let the realism swing into cynicism and negativity. It may need to take a detour there but it can’t stay there- not if I want to basically be a positive and happy person, one that helps build the Kingdom instead of tearing it down. I say this because as Catholics, we have a lot of ideals in terms of our …

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WDGT?

What makes a family holy? Not the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, but our families? When everyone is safe. When every member of the family is safe in the presence of every other member of the family. When no member of the family has any reason to be afraid of any other member of the family. When the family is truly a sanctuary, a holy place, a safe place, where everyone is free to laugh and to learn, that family is holy. When everyone make sacrifices. When I realize that life is not …

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