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Category: Speaking to the Soul

A Friend in High Places

“But a good life takes practice and attention. And the answers to the questions of discernment – marriage, divorce, vocation – all must come in dialogue with the Spirit. And with abiding fidelity to and love for Jesus and learning from the few words we have of his in four slim Gospels plus Acts and a few letters.”

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Come and See

“Come and see,” Jesus tells his soon-to-be disciples when they ask him where he is staying.  And this seems to me to be the best, short response to any theological question. Who is God?  Who is the Christ? Come and see.

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Unfinished Dreams

“I remember that often dreams in the Bible were messages that the dreamer was supposed to get regarding something God wanted them to know. At other times, God used God’s own voice or that of an angel to pass the message along.”

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Antony of Egypt

“It would have been easy for him to allow himself to be the visitor’s intercessor, to put himself in the position of the holy man with special connections to God–yet he did not.  As harsh and jarring as Antony’s response might be, he displayed his own humility by pushing his visitor to take his own journey with God. Feeling God’s connection to us often is strongest when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to both wail at God and rail at God.”

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Come and See

“Come and see” is not a command for the world to come to us—and that’s not how our peripatetic teacher and Savior, Jesus from no-account Nazareth, operated, either. “Come and see” calls us ourselves to be swept up in the unbounded vista of God’s saving love, for only in embracing the mystery of God’s love can we truly dare to share with others the wonders of grace and truth.

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I belong to God…

“Epiphany is not about preparing to receive light. Nor is it about arcane credal words suddenly illuminated. Instead, Epiphany is the nascent light of Christ splitting night into two. Not because we are worthy, but because God decided for reasons unknown to exist with us.”

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Walking the Way

“What if in all these moments God is showing me over and over again what it is to listen? To hear God’s joy in the laughter of my children, to feel God’s peace in the cuddles on the couch, and God’s hope in reaching a hand out to share the peace on Sunday morning.”

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What is in a Word?

“So if the Word is fully God, a person in that peculiar understanding of God as Trinity, our strength and our stumbling block to the rest of the world, he also is a human person known and testified to by a local religious prophet. And in the whole of John 1:1-18 the narrative bounces back and forth between Jesus as Word and John the Baptizer as witness.”

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Some Thoughts on Baptism

“Through all of this I was Christ’s.  I’m with Richard Rohr when he says that the Soul is a God-seed (The Universal Christ, 2019).  We are constantly in dialogue with that deep center within that is growing us into “what we will become” (1 John 3:2.)”

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Learning, Wisdom, and Epiphany

“Being wise is often a trait attributed to the elders of a group. There is a recognition that with age comes recognition of the long lives they have lived and the experiences they have had. Until recent generations, most have not had access to advanced educational programs, so their skills have served as their instruction. Many cultures that revere their elders’ wisdom seem to be those who are closer to their roots, the earth, and their traditions.”

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