During Lent, fish fry events spring up like weeds after a drought. Certainly this is advantageous for the church coffers and convenient for those abstaining from meat. But from a scriptural point of view, why stop eating fish after Easter? Didn’t Jesus prepare a breakfast of fish after he rose from the dead? Weren’t fish…

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There used to be a commercial asking the question: “How do you spell relief?” My answer is “T-R-U-S-T.” Trust in “Ask, and you shall receive.”  Trust in “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Trust in “I will never forget you.” Certainly there are times in life when trust seems almost impossible. Our…

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Joseph, Man of prayer, Man of prayer-filled expectation, Man of prayer filled with expectant longing Man of prayer filled with expectant longing for birth Man of prayer filled with expectant longing for birthplace in Bethlehem Man of prayer filled with expectant longing for birthplace in Bethlehem of no room Of no room for a God…

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The story of Moses approaching the burning bush is a favorite story. Like Moses, we learn to be alert and curious to discover God’s presence in unlikely places. A thorn bush in a desert? And we learn to listen wherever God calls us, there where our hearts begin to burn in a place where we…

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Lent is a time to deepen our spirituality, but what really is spirituality? Patricia Livingston says “Spirituality is meeting God in all that life is.” Similarly Gerard Broccolo claims, “Spirituality is how I cope with life.” Richard Rohr writes, “Spirituality is always about letting go.” Perhaps you have your own definition of spirituality. I think…

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As I write my blogs I am sitting in a carpeted basement and facing a long gray wall. But I never lose a chance to see the outdoors or take an extra moment to see something beautiful in book or on internet. When I clean at Lial Renewal Center I always take a look outside…

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What do you long for? More time?  More money? A change in habits or attitudes? Whatever you long for, “If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire” (Simone Weil). God puts into our hearts the desires that will help us become the person we are meant to be,…

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Our unusually warm and wet winter may set our sights on spring much earlier this year. Gardeners are becoming impatient to clear the ground. George B. Shaw claimed “The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” So maybe those who are saying “Isn’t it Lent yet?” are…

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“Who shall I be today? The answer is more obvious than the question. Of course I’m going to be me. Me yesterday, me today, me forever. But if I were to start my day with the question “Who shall I be today?” I’d have to start with a decision bigger than Honey Nut Cheerios or…

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