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Lent as a Time of Feasting

Some think Lent is a time for fasting.  I see it as a time of feasting. I come to this conclusion based on the story of the fig tree in Luke 13.  Three years without bearing fruit.  What could be…

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Chiseling at God’s Workmanship

We are God’s workmanship.  But.. when will we be done? When will we each become who we’re supposed to be? “On learning that weather erodes granite one inch every 100,000 years, sculptor Gutzon Borglum added an extra three inches to…

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What Are You Waiting For?

It’s the early into Lent. How’s it going so far?  Are you  holier, more reverent, a better witness?  Have you thought about how this “season of waiting” is affecting you? Maybe you haven’t had the time? We are not used…

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Gospel Response: Making “Now” Now

Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. –2 Corinthians 6:2b, Gospel Acclamation of Monday of the First Week of Lent The verse before today’s Gospel makes one thing quite clear–God is ready for…

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Noah’s Ark and the Baptismal Flood

Readings for February 22, 2015: First Sunday of Lent In today’s fuzzy moral landscape, it is quite unpopular to even speak of sin, never mind condemn it.  It’s even more politically incorrect to talk about God taking stern action against…

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Thy Will Be Done

That time of year again, Lent!  Some of us wait in anticipation, but I’m sure most of us shudder at the thought.  It is usually when Christians recognize this as a time of suffering, of stripping away our old self…

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Advice on Happiness from the Smartest Man in the World

Imagine your son tells you he wants to become a priest.  Would your heart soar and your soul praise God?  Would you be torn; feeling happy he wants to serve God but lamenting the loss of potential grandchildren?  Or, would…

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Lenten Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. How many times have we all heard this proverb in our lives? The better question should probably be—how many times have we heard this and wanted to strangle the person saying it to…

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The Tenth Leper Lenten Challenge

I apologize in advance if someone wiser than I has already come up with this idea and in my ignorance I have now aped someone’s originality.   But a number of years ago, I was introduced to an activity called…

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Trials and Thanksgiving

Then Job answered the Lord and said: I know that you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be hindered. I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me,…