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Author: Linda Ryan

Community

“I see community as a group of people who are interested in being connected to neighbors, coworkers, fellow church members, people in the neighborhood, and even people we encounter in the neighborhood like shopkeepers, barbers, and service workers.”

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Commemoration of Óscar Romero

Romero was a hero to his people and, after his death, his countrymen and others within civil rights communities around the world considered him a saint for his stand against oppression and cruelty. That he should die, especially in the way that he did, just increased the visibility of the problems.

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St. Patrick’s Breastplate

It seems to me that everything that I am and do should reflect the Christ that surrounds me, fills me, and directs me. I think it’s a wonderful prayer for all of us in times of trouble, because it reminds us that Jesus is all that we are, have, and will be. Patrick’s confidence was amply displayed when he prayed this prayer.

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Entanglements

The message that God gives us over and over and over again in the Bible to love your God, love your neighbor as yourself. How much simpler can it be?

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A Little Child

Bless that little boy. I don’t know his name or really anything about him, but it seemed that Jesus was shining from him. There was a sense of peace, innocence, joy, and hope about him. I wish I could shield that little child from what he’s going to learn, as he grows older, of people’s inhumanity to others and how hatred fuels the fires that produce violence. But then, maybe he’s the hope of tomorrow, one of the teens who isn’t afraid to speak up and speak out.

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Coming off the bench

Someone must be ready to jump in and take over almost seamlessly to make the production successful. If a member of a team on a project must drop out, someone must move in to take their place. Other people have to double up so that they have time to find replacement without slowing down the completion of the assignment.

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One PBJ at a time

I could always take a sandwich, and if I saw someone on the street corner, I could give them a sandwich. It wouldn’t be a fancy sandwich, because I do not have a lot of fancy stuff in the house, but I do have peanut butter and I do have jelly.

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