Category: Personal Journey

On letting go and holding on.

“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” Henry Ellis Christmas has just happened, leaving behind the traditional American month-long mad dash for presents. Christmas has happened, but we are still counting its days, on our way to the Epiphany, to tell the story of the Magi …

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On being a beholder.

In the Words of the Beholder by River Adams Original publication in: Crosstimbers 12 1 (2012): 54-55. I find special beauty in the sky. A cliché to many, it is not to me, and that beauty stuns me every time anew. I raise my eyes to the heavens, often, in a habit that never becomes …

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On Satan and what makes a Christian. Part 2.

Continued from “On Satan and What Makes a Christian. Part 1.” So here we are. There is no evil in the Hebrew Bible. Only sin. By the time Jesus of Nazareth walks the Earth, however – by the time nascent Christianity begins to develop its terms and concepts – by the time New Testament writers formulate …

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On Satan and what makes a Christian. Part 1.

We never know when we might engage in debates on religion. On theology, cosmology, faith… My most recent one occurred on Thanksgiving, in the company of family and friends, who happened to be a diverse bunch of atheists, agnostics, a Russian Orthodox Christian, and yours truly Catholic Christian. Our conversation, attended by all and with …

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On itinerancy and my way home.

From time to time, when I drive, I get suddenly overcome by a feeling of oddity, of an overwhelming realization that the sky I am seeing is on the other side of the world. It used to be a constant impression of a dream from which I was about to wake up, and it is only very …

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On my desire to be perfect.

In my less aware moments, in moments of worry and hurry and desire for acceptance, I feel sometimes like I need to be perfect. In the past couple of years there have been many of these moments – through the normal trying for jobs and memberships but most of all through the process of discernment. Trying …

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On my prayer to You, my Love.

What is my prayer to you, my Love? What is my worship? What is my praise? They speak of these things to me, and they ask me: When? How much? How often? They ask what I do and how I worship You. Tell me, what do You hear? What do You see as I walk along? …

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On being hope.

  I am the blind who’s come to see. I am the lame who stood and walked. I am the broken-hearted That He was sent to heal. I am the mute who sings His praise, And it is I who in my grief Was blessed and am now comforted.   I am a rare occurrence …

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On five seconds of penitence.

Not very long ago — or, if you wish, a long, long time ago — when I was still new to the weekly Mass and only beginning my journey through the RCIA program (the almost-year-long walk to the baptismal font and my first Eucharist), I spent a few months struggling with a particular part of the …

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On very small burdens.

I am going to tell you a story that happened to me two years ago, in Austria – not much of anything, just something I was thinking of today. A few of my readers might even recognize the context. I really do recall it as I will say, and yet it’s a parable. Because I …

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