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Pilgrimage

The world is full of inadvertent pilgrims. Millions fleeing the wars in the Middle East and Africa. Others forced to seek new places escaping fire, flood, starvation, pestilence, and enemies.

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Speaking to the Soul: Failing at Faith

In the gospel of Matthew 14: 22-32, the miracle is not that Jesus walks on water, but that Peter even tries.

If you have ever learned an instrument, ridden a bicycle, or learned any new physical skill, you will remember that as you learned, it was difficult to sustain a newly acquired ability.

You might have a moment where you disappear into the action and everything is working smoothly.  Then you think about what you are doing and mangle the music, or […]

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Speaking to the Soul: a living sacrifice

What is the unique feature of your seemingly defective spiritual anatomy (that might actually be your most beautiful gift to God), that you can place on the altar the next time you hear this bidding in the Offertory?

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Speaking to the Soul: Learning from history

Eventually he would write a book, A Brief Description of the Destruction of the Indies, describing the activities and tortures the natives had experienced at the hands of the Spanish. He wanted to create towns where natives and Spaniards could live side-by-side and with equality for both as a form of reparation.

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Speaking to the Soul: Identity

The life of Saint Alexis of Rome invites us to examine identity in a new way. What do we identify with? How do we identify others? Is it by social status? Race? Gender? Or, might we learn to see beyond those things and realize that the beggar and the prince are the same?

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Speaking to the Soul: Righteous Gentiles

The “Righteous Gentiles” invite us to look again at all those situations where we say to ourselves, “I think this is wrong but maybe the authorities know best. And besides, what can I do about it?”

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