Becoming a Reservoir

“The man who is wise, therefore, will see his life as more like a reservoir than a canal. The canal simultaneously pours out what it receives; the reservoir retains the water till it is filled, then discharges the overflow without loss to itself … Today there are many in the Church who act like canals,…

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The Best Easter

   This has been the best Easter I have had in many years.    Ironically, I was upset a week ago, thinking that it would be the worst, since I am pregnant and my head is discombobulated, and since we did not feel like we had church community (parish life in Irving is in shambles). …

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It was time. . .

    I was tired from all the dog poo clean up the day before; I was tired from cleaning up Annie’s potty accident.  I was tired of cooking, tired of serving, and weary from the manual labor of sweeping, mopping, and straightening up.       Nevertheless, today called for more mundane work.  It…

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Weeping

   I found myself weeping at Mass.  The priest, who knows the science of the cross so intimately (not all Catholics or Christians, priests or pastors, do!), was explaining:     Heaven is not for heroes.  It is not for the successful.  It is not for those who have figured out human strength or flourishing or…

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Pregnant with God

    One of the Early Church Fathers speaks of the Word of God, Scripture, coming into you, and of our responsibility to let that Word become alive in us.  This celibate man says that all true Christians are pregnant with the Word of God.      As Mary and I prayed in Mass this…

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Medieval Camp, 2nd Sunday

Canoe relay races in the pool!  After all, the vikings were sea-faring people. . . Brewing true, fermented root beer!  After all, the medieval monks were brewing beer in order to make water potable for the poor. . . Wow!  These kids have a lot of energy!!!

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