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All Souls Day

Today, on All Souls Day I pray a litany, asking all these people to be with me, to stand beside me, in the year ahead.

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School of Life

“We have to have more than textbooks. We need text-people” (Abraham Joshua Heschel). Both are necessary and nourishing. Both shape our beliefs and views of the world.

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10 tips for dating a priest

a more healthy way to look at clerical life is to remember that it is supposed to be at its heart about being very much yourself and very much about living life with passion. That means all kinds of passion. Oh yes, that kind of passion too.

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Wanting to be heard

by Marshall Scott

Not long ago I was responding to a news item on The Lead, and made this observation:

So, I find myself with this reflection, applicable on all sides: just because my argument has not been found compelling, it does not mean my argument has not been heard. I often find that hard to remember myself, since I am quite secure that my values are shared (or should be) and that my statements are rational, relevant, and cogent. That doesn’t […]

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The symmetry of life

by Mary Cobb Erickson

I am moved often by the symmetry of life. Although it doesn’t always seem like it, there is a rhythm and pulse to life. The yin and yang. The push and the pull. I was struck by this profoundly today as I went from my mother’s bedside in the Living Center over to the birthing center to visit a parishioner in early labor. Moving from the bedside of a dying older woman to that of a young […]

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Apologies do not count when you shout them

by Maria L. Evans

“Apologies do not count when you shout them.”–from “The Journal of Best Practices,” by David Finch

David Finch is a man whose marriage is in big trouble–until he realizes he may have Asperger Syndrome. In his book, “The Journal of Best Practices,” he details how he re-tuned his normally distracting, disruptive hyper-focus into commitment towards saving his marriage. Because he takes things incredibly literally, he writes down instructions to himself in what he refers to as […]

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America la Maganda

The Samaritan woman and the Roman Centurion probably didn’t speak the same dialect or maybe even language, yet Jesus seemed to be able to speak to both of them in very clear and understandable ways.

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A Pastoral Paradox

In a more provocative moment, I recently posted on Facebook that when confronted with the word “pastoral” I am increasingly tempted to wonder — if not ask out loud — if “co-dependent” is what is often really meant. It seems that “pastoral” can be code for mere coddling bad behavior, or simply leaving things dangerously alone.

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Ten tips on addressing conflict within the church

by Eric Bonetti

Conflict. Even the word itself makes us cringe a little. It has a hard, biting edge. In the back of our minds, the word conjures up unsettling images — of dentists’ drills, of that last really bad cold, of falling out of a tree as a child.

Fortunately, when we understand conflict, we learn to take a deep breath, to relax a little, to move past the immediate issues, and to view conflict as perhaps even a stepping stone […]

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Forgiveness is not re-booting or cache clearing

by George Clifford

On a recent trip, I visited a public library where I had previously used a convenient, free Wi-Fi hotspot. Unlike my prior visits, I could not connect to the Internet even though my computer received a strong signal from the network. After I rebooted my computer and still had no success, I spoke with one of the librarians. She was very pleasant, informed me that several people had complained about difficulties connecting to the internet that day, asked […]

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