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Last words

by Linda Ryan Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on

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Prodigal cat

by Linda Ryan One of my boys went walkabout for a bit this morning. I had held the door open for just a few seconds

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Throwing hardballs at God

But what would happen if we recognize our raging laments and hurl them at God, the only one capable of catching them and holding them in love and safety?

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Was the liturgy of the first five centuries in the East and the first eleven centuries in the West defective for not having its moment of reciting the answer? What does it tell us that the liturgical use of the creed began when Monophysites in the East introduced it as a protest against the Council of Chalcedon? Why did the West resist using it liturgically for half a millennium?

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Parables: finding the kingdom in the mystery

What’s revealed to me about God and God’s kingdom through the Eucharist and parables gets delivered in a way that manages to be both physical–– the detail of the nests in that mustard shrub, for example, or the taste of that yellow, sweet wine in my mouth –– and profoundly mysterious.

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Earth and all stars

Every time I hear the opening lines of Psalm 98, I always think of the hymn “Earth and All Stars”–and, invariably, every time I mention that hymn, someone curbsides me and asks, “Isn’t that the hymn with the line about the loud, boiling test tubes?”

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