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Waiting for God

A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” (Isaiah 40:3) What is it like when you are getting ready for someone to come?  How do you prepare, say, for guests? You might clean the house and go to the grocery […]

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Three Small Lessons

1. I was in the front yard pulling ball moss off the crape myrtle tree when a young woman approached on the sidewalk. Accompanying her was a black cat. As the young woman walked on, the cat, as cats will do, noticed me and left the sidewalk to investigate what I was doing. The young […]

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“Anima Christi” – 4 (1. Soul of Christ, sanctify me.) (2. Body of Christ, save me.) (3. Blood of Christ, inebriate me.) – – – – – Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Who of us is not aware of the need for cleansing?  We are all sinners, […]

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Unworthy and of Infinite Worth

By what boundless mercy, my Savior, have you allowed me to become a member of your body? Me, the unclean, the defiled, the prodigal. How is it that you have clothed me in the brilliant garment, radiant with the splendor of immortality, that turns all my members into light? Symeon the New Theologian, trans. by […]

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Who Is Worthy?

Late one afternoon I rode my bicycle to the city hall gardens, where the fountains are enjoyable, and oftentimes the people as well. This particular day, I happened upon Pat Fitzpatrick, a dedicated advocate for the homeless, who was there with his signs. The captions started me thinking about which human needs can rightfully be […]

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