As we go through life, hopefully we learn to recognize the real but hidden nature of both good and evil. We begin to see that everything is broken and failing, weak and poor, and this can be discouraging until we learn to accept it. This is one of the tasks of maturity and if it […]
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During October, we are offered the “flu shot” to protect us from the flu bug. The flu shot alone may not be sufficient to protect us completely. Good hygiene and healthy habits will also help to protect us from catching the flu. Using the means at hand helps when trying to stay healthy—unlike the man […]
As the pandemic hangs on, it becomes harder and harder to be positive. We seem to be doing the same old thing day after day. Just hanging on until the pandemic ends is unproductive. So, what to do? We may need to try some of “Notorious RBG’s” ideas. (RBG is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg). She […]
June’s literary club opened their meetings sharing something good that happened recently. Catherine, a former teacher, shared how curious she was about a letter with a return address she didn’t recognize. As soon as she opened it, she recognized the name of a student she’d taught in a seventh grade class more than 50 years […]
When you first heard of the hole in the ozone layer, did you think was a round hole and something static? Actually it is not round; it is very large and long; and it continues to grow because we keep pumping pollution into the environment. If we are sufficiently concerned and if we get the […]
Summer with its blissful beauty has wrapped itself around our hearts for the past several months. Its lush green lawns, the sights and scents of blooming flowers, bird songs drifting through the trees, and groomed and productive gardens all brought joy to our “pandemic” lives. Now summer looks tired and leaves our earth in the […]
Here is a reference about water from the Jewish tradition. Psalm 23 says of the Good Shepherd: “Beside still waters he will lead me…” This is related to the fact that sheep will not enter moving water. They drink from still water. If they get caught in moving water, their wool will weigh them down. […]
A major hardship caused by COVID-19 is its interference with the practice and extension of hospitality. Many of us regret not being able to directly and physically reach out to others—guests, visitors and even family—with our usual ways. In these months of lockdown and/or quarantine, we have little scope for travel and/or celebrations. Still, hospitality […]
If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts. Where will you hear God’s voice today? It may be in the Scripture or in the Gospel reading for the day. It may be in the voice of a small child, the smile of a grandparent or the words of the Sunday homily. How will […]
The coronavirus has brought out the best and worst of us all. At times, it may be hard to feel another’s anger without blowing a fuse. That might require stepping back without matching the level of irritation with retaliation. Even friends can get in each other’s way. Emily hadn’t realized that she had disturbed her […]