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Discerning God’s Will

Recently at the Sunday liturgy we sang “Jesus, Lead Me.” It is not the most powerful or deep or even beautiful of music, but it raised a question for me about how I/we know where it is that Jesus is leading us. Nearly a month ago, I read the book Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri Nouwen with Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird. This book is the third of a series (the other two are Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith, and Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit) …

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Running from the Cold

For all us athletic enthusiasts out there, winter can be an especially trying time.  Running outside in comfortable spring weather is a challenge that many of us may take up until we learn to love it; until we even learn to long for it.  When the weather turns and the flowers bloom, we cannot drive past a scenic nature trail without having to fight the urge to pop on our shoes and race away.  When it gets like this, we have to make tough choices.  Do we brave snowy wind in our face and sub-zero …

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Snow Day

The January I was in 4th grade at St Bart’s school in Cincinnati, we got hit with the biggest blizzard in the city’s history, followed by ridiculously cold temperatures.  Like sub-zero with wind chills that made it feel like 50 below.  It was so cold that the Ohio River actually froze over.  We missed school for 2 straight weeks, as much because of the cold as the snow. I still remember the snowdrifts that blocked our back door, and using a pick axe to break through the ice so we could clear our driveway. After …

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The Most Hopeful Day of the Year!

I think that the most hopeful day of the year is December 21. While it is the first day of my least favorite season, to me it is a day full of hope because after the 21st, the days begin to get longer. And so, even though I face months of cold feet and painful dry hands, I know that the daylight will increase each day and that spring is going to come. This seems to me a metaphor for life. We live in the tension between the good and the bad, the life-giving and …

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Change Mediated by Sunshine

I work very strange hours for our parishes, and I have grown quite used to letting myself into deserted, dark church buildings.   The other morning, however, I had a wonderful surprise.  I walked into the room where our study group was to gather and the room was already quite bright.  At first I wondered who had left the lights on overnight, but then realized that the sun was shining in through the stained glass windows.   My heart immediately lightened. Sunshine!  Hallelujah! The season is changing and the days are getting longer! That’s the way winter …

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