Tag Archive: discernment

Jul 13 2014

On living prophethood. Part II: just marriage.

Continued from “Living prophethood. Part I: a fire shut up in my bones.” I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.  Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the …

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Jun 25 2014

On Mount Horeb.

I am spending this summer at a monastery by Lake Superior. I came here away from the noise of the world, to hear God’s voice more clearly. Between work crises and family worries, it’s not always very quiet inside my head, but as the days pass, in the peace of the chapel and the rustling …

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Jun 02 2013

On taking up my cross.

For a reflection dedicated entirely to the Eucharist, see the essay entitled “On the Bread of Life.” Today is the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, so I thought I’d be writing about the Eucharist, my most precious mystery. Or about the Last Supper, the story we tell of the historical source of …

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Feb 19 2013

On why the Dominicans.

There are hundreds of religious congregations with presence in the United States. How, in my discernment, with all this choice available, through a series of decisions, over the course of all this time, have I come to believe that I belong to the legacy of St. Dominic that started in the 13th century, in a …

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Oct 28 2012

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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Jul 04 2012

On staying in the Church.

As an adult convert in discernment of religious life, I am a strange and rare bird in the Catholic world in this day and age of priest shortage, emptying pews, aging convents, scandalous media coverage, suspicious glances toward anyone associated with organized Catholicism, apathy and distrust among the laity, and a bleeding and growing gap …

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