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Address Book Changes

Friendship has ebbs and flows, and trying to weather challenges sometimes changes your address book.   I first found that phrase in a book by Stephanie Ericsson entitled Companion Through the Darkness: Inner Dialogues on Grief.  Ericsson had lost her husband … Continue reading

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What Troubles You?

The angel of God asks Hagar a silly question in my mind, as she sits weeping over her predicament in the desert with her son in Genesis 21:  What troubles you? The angel knows full well what bothers her.  I … Continue reading

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Be a Blessing

I have had a busy week or so–filled with funerals, retirements, graduations, a reunion of sorts, and a milestone birthday party. I sort of got extroverted out.  On Sunday I crawled into bed and slept for hours.  I am now … Continue reading

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Accounting for Hope

Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you, is the second line from the Second Reading today. I had read it earlier in the day and … Continue reading

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Walking Through Hard

The medical student was being thorough, trying to leave no stone unturned.  At the end of her preparation for rounds, she looked at my sister and I and said two words: I’m sorry.  This was the first time a doctor … Continue reading

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When Life Sucks

Last spring after I had my Ignatian pilgrimage in Spain, I headed south to Portugal to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Today is the 100th anniversary of Mary’s appearance to the three shepherd children.  I still do not … Continue reading

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Compassionate Listening

After some pondering, I have decided to call together a group of seven friends who I trust immensely to help me discern what I need to focus on over the next several months.  The group consists of Christians whose opinions … Continue reading

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