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All Is Grace

“If you should find me dead one morning,” said Saint Therese of Lisieux, whose short life was drawing to a close, “don’t worry. It’s just that the good Papa God will have simply come for me. Yes, it is a great grace to receive the Sacraments, but when God does not permit it, it is […]

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Prayer for Uncertain Times

O God, in whom we live and move and have our being, O Love, who embraced our sorrows and took away our sins on the cross, hear us now who come to you, sometimes trusting, sometimes fearful, sometimes falling. O God, O Love, draw us to your loving heart, where our fears may be quieted […]

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Untuning the Strings of Life

“What word would you use to describe life?” Josh says to his daughter. “Peace,” she replies. “Or perhaps joy.” After a moment she asks him, “What about your own word for life?” “You wouldn’t want to hear it.” No, she probably wouldn’t.  The word he is thinking of is “futility.” Josh, you may remember, is […]

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“I suppose she’s intelligent enough…” The voice I overheard was talking about me. “…but she couldn’t even find St. John’s Mercy Hospital.” I recognized the speaker, as I had given her an ill-fated ride the day before. And yes, it’s true, I have what seems to be a genetic propensity for getting lost. At least […]

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Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord

The space shuttle has landed safely (September 21), but with the discovery of mysterious dark objects that seemed to have fallen from it, I was reminded once again of human frailty and human fallibility. One day earlier this month, I jotted down several incidents suggestive of the uncertainty inherent in earthly life: In the van […]

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