Tag Archive: God

Jun 12 2014

On soil and thistle.

The author of the epistle to the Hebrews was possibly but not probably St. Paul. It was probably but not definitely one of Paul’s friends and disciples in Italy – perhaps, Priscilla or Barnabas or Apollos or even Timothy himself – but, in any case, though the name of the author is most likely lost, …

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Jun 04 2014

On words and waiting.

Later this week, I am embarking on a special leg of my discernment’s journey: I will spend three months at a Benedictine monastery in northern Minnesota, live its life and breathe its air. My regular readers have already seen images of it when I spent two weeks there last autumn (see “On mountain ash and …

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Apr 13 2014

On why bad things don’t happen to all good people.

I have a dear friend who recently shared with me a worry that her life has been too smooth, too free of pain and strife. She is a wonderful person—kind, deeply caring, with a heart so large that she feels the pain of others as her own. She’s had a long and profoundly good life …

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Jan 08 2014

On leaving the cradle.

We celebrated the feast of the Epiphany this Sunday. One of the most colorful tales in all the Gospels – really, a fairy tale, the most exciting Nativity narrative. Who doesn’t like a fairy tale? In the Gospel of Matthew, three magi – variously translated as kings and wise men from the Orient – come …

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Aug 13 2013

On changing God’s mind.

My parish priest, Father Fran, once told a story during a homily: A little boy came to his father and said, “Daddy, can I please, please have a little brother? I want a little brother!” The man smiled knowingly and replied, “All right. If you pray really hard, every day, twice a day, for about …

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Jul 30 2013

On falling asleep and putting to sleep.

My neighbor just put his dog to sleep. I’ve met the dog – a vivacious, playful lab, unquestionably happy and full of spirit. I went on a walk once with this neighbor and his two dogs. What the man did, he did obviously out of care and compassion, and now he mourns. This is common. …

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Jul 24 2013

On the Name of God. Part II.

Continued from On the Name of God. Part I. This is where we left off: The Hebrew Bible, the patchwork of myth and the ages and folktale and hindsight and inspiration and gut feeling and politics that it is, refuses to name God. I like that. But that is where I encounter a problem. Two problems, …

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Jul 21 2013

On the Name of God. Part I.

You say I took the name in vain. I don’t even know the Name. But if I did, well, really, what’s it to you? There’s a blaze of light in every word. It doesn’t matter which you heard – The holy or the broken Hallelujah. (from Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah”)  “Hallelujah” is one of Cohen’s most …

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Jul 07 2013

On obligation to love.

This essay started with a random glance at the next year’s possible retreat topic. I think that’s what it was. The topic was “Love as an Obligation.” And my first response was to turn to a sister next to me and to ask, feeling everything slow down as it does when something in my head …

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Jun 27 2013

A prayer.

Today was a long, marginally strange day filled with words and roads and streaming thoughts and tiny emotional upheavals. Tomorrow will be another day, and I fly through the sky and land and fly again, and say good-byes and hellos. I don’t want to go another week without talking to you, my friends, but I …

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