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Sacrament and Science in a Global Health Crisis

“Particularly in these days of pandemic, we should recognize God’s presence in all that serves to nurture life. This means that the divine is present to and with us in all those who are working to address and alleviate the public health crisis and assist with economic recovery. It also means that grace should be recognized as capable of transcending virtual boundaries therefore granting online worship greater sacramental significance in these strange times. In this sense, the Eucharist comes with us even as we remain in isolation from its physical presence. Since we are unsure how long the threat of the pandemic will last, this will allow us to more effectively navigate our status as communities in isolation.”

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The Clamoring

“At a pause from daily life
          When all grows quiet and still
When you have brought yourself to a peaceful pause in the seeming doldrums of this life
          And beginning to see things as they truly are
There comes a clamoring…”

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Training Wheels and Now

“So now I bake bread at home. I have time to mix and wait and kneed and wait and kneed and wait and bake. And I eat the hot bread with wine at night but in the morning – especially Sunday mornings, I eat the hot bread with salted butter made by Irish people and cows with raspberry jam which reminds me more of blood than the wine ever did. Or my sins.”

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Coronavirus Reflection

“She stroked his head, asked after his rings. A nurse removed one, a cameo ring his father had found. I removed the other, his wedding ring, given to her to put on his hand by a priest 56 years ago, now removed by a priest and given back to her. She clutched them to her heart and said she’d soon see him again.” 

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Daily Sip: Seeing cracks

“These days in which we all live, right now, are like that kiln. A crucible of sorts. The pressure is on. The invisible stress-cracks inside each one of us are – because of the intense heat of life’s insecurities – becoming wider, more visible cracks after the firings.”

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The Power of Disruption

“This shelter-in-place time has been just such a disruption, but on a planetary scale.  It has stopped our normal routines.  It has startled a planet of humans and caused us to sit up and look around us. It has pushed us out of our complacency and our busy accumulation into a season of taking-stock.”

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Homesickness While Staying at Home

“I am homesick for the family gathered at the Eucharistic Table.  I am homesick for the light of Christ shining in the beloved people who gather at that table and share God’s love and light with friends and visitors.  I am homesick for the feeling of corporate belonging; for the joy of celebration and sharing the Body and Blood of Christ; and for the strength we gain in community.”

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