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Becoming Prepared

Lately, I have had several dreams about organizing and preparing for a teaching assignment, a presentation or an event. In the dreams, I’m recruiting volunteers or creating an agenda or writing PR material or lining up a venue or outlining … Continue reading

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Going Deeper – What I Promised to Do (Psalm 116: 12-17)

In Eat this Book, Eugene Peterson teaches us to chew on a passage of scripture, digest it, and then put it to use in practical ways. Our Christian fathers and mothers called this process Lectio Divina. In this passage, the Psalmist offers gratitude … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“Easter morning. A very simple, quiet Eucharist around the table in Madame Vanier’s dining room….A small group of friends happy to be together. We spoke together about the resurrection. Liz, who works with many anguished people, said, “We have to keep … Continue reading

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Spiritual Dawdling

“The opposite of seek is dawdle. To live aimlessly and listlessly.  (Eugene Peterson in As Kingfishers Catch Fire, p. 137). Picture a three-year-old captivated by the world around her. Her eyes follow a squirrel scrambling up a tree. She bends over … Continue reading

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“To the Greater Glory of God”

This blog is home to more than 750 posts. I regularly re-blog posts from the past for especially for newer readers.  This one, from December 2, 2013, describes the influence of the Jesuits on me and on the world. I’ve … Continue reading

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Behold a Daisy

I live in Holland, MI, a city (population of about 33,000)  that plants 467,000 tulip bulbs – every year. We even recycle them. Residents are invited to come to three parks in early June and dig up bulbs, filling a five-gallon … Continue reading

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New Psalm 23 Blessing

 One of the benefits of growing older is that our understanding of scripture passages can deepen. Psalm 23 has always been one of my favorite passages.  I have written often about its meaning to me on this blog. But a … Continue reading

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Those Pesky Questions

“We spend a lot of time and energy raising questions. Is it worth it? It is always good to ask ourselves why we raise a question. Do we want to get useful information? Do we want to show that someone … Continue reading

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