To Tell the Truth

“The truth will set you free.” John 8:32 I’m never a fan of lying. My students know that one of the worst things that they can do to me is to lie to me and that I value their honesty above all things. Even when they wish to criticize me, I tell them that I’d […]

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Jesus’ Inauguration

Today’s the inauguration …have you ever watched it? Such fanfare….a lot of pomp and circumstance. I might say that our gospel today is kind of Jesus’ inauguration. He calls his first 12 disciples and he does it with great fanfare for the time. He goes up the mountain to do it—where everyone can see him. […]

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It’s Green for Ordinary Time

Green is the color for Ordinary Time on the Church’s calendar.  Ordinary Time is when we are not extremely overjoyed (white) nor particularly penitent (purple).  Neither is it a time of passion (red for a martyr’s feast).   Green symbolizes our hope, the hope that exists in a verdant life, where we go through our […]

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Compassion

May our lives today be filled with compassion; give us the spirit of forgiveness and a generous heart.  – from “Prayers and Intercessions” from the Morning Offering Compassion seems to be linked to both forgiveness and generosity and by default, in my mind, it all seems to be linked to giving. How much are we […]

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On Listening

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry, rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” – Greg Boyle, SJ I often marvel at the experiences that my students and some colleagues share with me privately. Whether it’s when I’m providing simple […]

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Morning Comforts

For some, it’s a piping hot cup of coffee.  For others, a brisk walk in the cool morning air.  Even more, the first bite of their hot breakfast.  Apparently, as the dawn breaks, we all need some comfort. Here’s mine:  The final stanza of the Canticle of Zechariah from each day’s morning offering in the […]

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Surgical Reflections

So for the past month, I have been recovering from foot surgery, or perhaps more specifically, toe surgery. What’s wrong, you ask? A story is needed. This past summer I attended World Youth Day in Poland. Rachael, one of my students, had a bad cold and was unable to sleep under the stars at the […]

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2017: Blogging Rebirth

It’s a new year and I need to write more. I find myself in a funk in terms of my writing and my commitment to that. So I’m aiming for a post per day in 2017 and hope you will join me. A New Year always lends itself to half-hearted commitments and I fear this […]

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All We Need Is Just a Little…

Patience.. I need it more than ever with stubborn and strong people who are set in their ways and think they know everything.  I need it when, I disagree with people about caregiving and when matters of beauracracy take center stage. I went to confession some time ago and I summed up my sins as […]

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Seeing the Signs of the Holy Spirit

This is a reflection on 3 pieces of scripture: Jonah: 3:1-10 (Jonah’s repentance), Acts 2:1-11 (Pentecost), John 20:19-23 (Receive the Holy Spirit) BIG…SIGNS We are always looking for signs? When we’re driving… Walking… Finding a new classroom… A sale… We look for a sign..maybe a smile that shows someone’s interested in us. And a great […]

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