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“I Thought I would be Dead by Now”

A friend recently asked my about the status of my cancer.  I have a type of  incurable blood cancer (multiple myeloma).  I have been in “remission” (although the doctor prefers to say the cancer has been subdued) for several months … Continue reading

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Living the Jesus Way

“If something comes toward you with grace and can pass through you and toward others with grace, you can trust it as the voice of God . . . .  If a voice comes from accusation and leads to accusation, … Continue reading

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The Steady Gaze of the Soul

Yesterday our little spiritual formation Renovare group was discussing prayer. “What actually is prayer?” Why do I feel so formal when I pray?”  “Are there ‘rules’ for praying?” “How do I learn to focus during silence/prayer?” The Renovare Spiritual Formation … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day (1897–1980) was fond of citing Catherine [of Sienna’s] inspiration in her own reflections, often writing “All the way to heaven is heaven.”  I’d also add “It’s hell all the way to hell.” You’re choosing your … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts

GOD IN THE WILDERNESS I have been soaking in this quote by Henri Nouwen: “God is not just our good inclinations, our fervor, our generosity, or our love.  All such experiences of the heart may remind us of God’s presence, … Continue reading

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The Sacred in the Mundane

This week has been full of one of my least favorite duties:  running errands. This task has been complicated by my diminishing energy and poor balance. Both of these are improved by the use of a walker, which I usually choose … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“Though the light has come into the world people have preferred darkness to light because their deeds were evil. And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, to prevent his actions from being shown up; but … Continue reading

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So Be New!

Did you ever have the experience of walking through your home filled with your favorite things and suddenly noticing something you have not really paid attention to for ages?  That delightful surprise happened to me this week when I noticed … Continue reading

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