I Baptize with Water

An update for readers who are not close friends: This past year I began study to become a Catholic Deacon. One of the things that many of the Deacons I have spoken with have noted is how much they enjoy celebrating Baptisms. It’s not something I really thought about until the baptism of my Godchild, […]

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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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If Deacons Can Do Everything a Lay Person Can Do, That’s News to Me

Fr Thomas Reese, SJ, someone I respect much, writes a column today on the Diaconate. As someone who has been a lay minister for the past 16 years and now is entering into a year of inquiry for the diaconate I really enjoyed reading this column and also would like to add my own comments […]

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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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Ignatius Comes with Stress

So I’ve had a stressful few months.  Most recently my father, who is 88, had to be intubated after having trouble breathing.  He’s bounced back nicely, but not after a lot of family stress.   It’s made the prospect of hiring two new employees a lot less stressful.   But when stress comes, Ignatius becomes […]

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Scalia’s Timeless Wisdom

Thinking a lot about Justice Scalia today…who at the very least was a great character and charmed the likes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who was his best friend) and Elena Kagan (who really liked him in their short time together on the court). The world needs more “brilliant characters.” His philosophy that we should always […]

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Testing the Spirit

“Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God…” (1 John, Chapter 4) St. Ignatius often talks about the term presupposition in the spiritual exercises. This means that we pre-suppose that someone is good-intentioned. That we give others the benefit of the doubt without pre-judging their intentions. […]

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Who Do You See?

Who do you see? It’s an easy question, when you are looking merely with you eyes. But often we keep our eyes at least partially closed, remaining blind to the things that lie beneath the surface. Often I think I do this because it’s simply too much of a bother to do otherwise. If I […]

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Who Else Was in the Manger?

When I put together the manger scene in our house, it has the usual cast of characters: Shepherds, Wise Men, sheep, cows, donkeys, a dog and of course, Mary Joseph and the baby Jesus (who we argue about the time he gets to go into the manger). But our gospel today tells us that the […]

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The Truth of My Life

In my daily examen, I often ask God to simply show me “the truth of my life.”  I hope to be able to see things as they really are, and not as I might think they are.  I might think I’m being a great friend, but in reality I am needling someone unnecessarily. So I […]

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