The Call to Worship

I believe (with the church, actually) that we are hard-wired for God. Essentially, God calls us beyond ourselves into union with the divine. Something inside us seeks this drive towards the infinite horizon as Karl Rahner called it. And when we realize tangibly that this is a place that we are called, we are struck […]

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Avoiding God

A priest-friend of mine recently told me that he always says “Thank You” to people after he’s heard their confession. They often give him a double take as if they can’t believe that he’s said that. He reported that he realizes that people are sharing very significant stuff with him and with God–and that it […]

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Praying the Game

I often watch sporting events alone. I don’t generally like to go to Super Bowl parties. The quiet press box was wonderful when I was covering games in my media days. And sports bars with dozens of televisions are fun, but not my favorite places to be. Even broadcasting a game, while a thrill and […]

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Rebirths on Birthdays

My friend Chris turned 30 and got depressed. We both worked in radio and while it’s a fine occupation, one can begin to wonder what difference that last show really made in people’s lives. Ask anyone who works with the public and they’ll tell you that people don’t call when you’re doing well and tell […]

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Resolutions 2012

Resolutions always seem to be taken lightly, almost as if we intend to break them even as we make them. “I know I should do this…but I’m not going to.” And perhaps instead of making light or resolutions, we should take them more seriously. And by that, it means we should really think about our […]

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A Unitarian on Faith Formation

Since the Unitarians are a creedless faith, The Rev. Peter C. Boullata took up the charge of hoping that they haven’t “institutionalized narcissism. He talks about the challenge to do faith formation in their denomination. I was both excited and troubled that they have some of the same problems that we Catholics do at times […]

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Boxing Day

So today is Boxing Day, a day that few know about, but is huge in Britain where is is also known as St Stephen’s Day (as it is in Catholic circles). The origins of Boxing Day are dubious, ranging from some saying that the lower classes would bring a box to their employers who would […]

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