Category Archives: Spirituality

“Imitation of Christ,” 30th Sunday

My neighbor’s two-year old son carries around the doll named Sheriff Woody. Just try taking Woody away from him. How often is Marlon Brando mentioned by actors as a model. Either to meet his standards or surpass them? How many … Continue reading

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Unsaid But Felt Words

Here’s two words you’ve never used in sentences your entire life. You’ve surely felt and experienced them but never having them leave your lips. They are St. Paul words. “Yearning and groaning.” Today it’s the tension between Caesar’s tax and … Continue reading

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Opening Three Gifts for God

“A feast of rich food and choice wines” may very well be the hopeful thoughts of those on dialysis three times a week. “On this mountain, he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples,” may very well be the … Continue reading

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God’s Vine and Us

It’s a “vineyard” weekend in the Catholic Church. It’s a striking image describing our connections and relationships with each other. Now, many of us don’t know that much about vineyards unless you live in River Hills. Isaiah tells us to … Continue reading

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“It’s the ‘Three’s’ of Spirituality”

We just love our “the threes.” How many jokes are told in threes, “A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar…” Then there’s Patty, Maxine, and Laverne, and how about “Ready, set, go?” “Father, Son, Spirit,” anyone? … Continue reading

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“Seven Times?” Wrong

Peter thought he had the best answer to impress the man Jesus. In the public school, he’d tell his friend, “I got this.” In a Catholic school years ago, he’d wave his hand saying, “Sisster, Sisster! It’s 7!” He thought … Continue reading

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“Magic” Sacramental “Moments”

(Perry Como sings, “Magic Moments”) Who’s the singer? That song was Burt Bacharach’s fist big hit. “When two hearts beat are caring,” is truly magical. It’s even more natural for us to look for a “magic moment” in religion. We … Continue reading

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Cheap Grace & George Carlin

It’s the American way. Always looking for something and paying nothing. The advertisers tease us. We tempt ourselves. It’s often called “bait.” And the fish? Are you and me. “Free installation, free admission, free appraisal, free alterations, Free delivery. Free … Continue reading

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The Sower of the Seed

“Jesus said, “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much … Continue reading

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“Not By Bread Alone”

When do you do your best work? If you’re a morning person, you’re quite pleased with yourself come lunchtime. The afternoon now becomes a cinch. If you’re a “last-minute type of guy,” the time of day doesn’t matter, it’s just … Continue reading

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