Category Archives: Living as Apprentices

Recycling Loneliness

I think I have been a “loner” since birth.  My father baptized me and then disappeared into the chaos of World War II, never to return. My mother retreated into unmitigated grief for the rest of her life, even though … Continue reading

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Parables: Part 4 -The Parable of the Shoveling Neighbor

A parable is literally something “cast alongside” a truth in order to illustrate that truth. The website Got Questions labels the 35+ parables that Jesus told as “inspired comparisons” and then adds that a common description of a parable is: … Continue reading

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Parables – Part 3: The Parable of Dirty Windows

A parable is literally something “cast alongside” a truth in order to illustrate that truth. The website Got Questions labels the 35+ parables that Jesus told as “inspired comparisons “and then adds that a common description of a parable is: “an … Continue reading

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Chasing Gratitude

“Darkness deserves gratitude.  It is the alleuia point at which we learn to understand that all growth does not take place in the sunlight” (Joan Chittister). Thanksgiving Day will be lonely and uneventful for many Americans this year.  The loss of … Continue reading

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Parables – Part 2: The Parable of the Carrot

A parable is literally something “cast alongside” a truth in order to illustrate that truth. The website Got Questions labels the 35+ parables that Jesus told as “inspired comparisons”and then adds that a common description of a parable is: “an … Continue reading

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Remembering Alex Trebec

He was a Canadian who spoke fluent French. He was a husband and father who adored his family.  He was great at fixing and creating; his garage was acually a well-stocked and beautifully organized workshop. His autobiography, The Answer Is, … Continue reading

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Parables – Part 1: The Story of the Lost Fred

Today begins a new series of posts called Parables. As I planned the series, a phrase from my childhood popped into my head: “A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.” I decided to research the word and … Continue reading

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Who Am I When My Body Fails Me? – Part 12: Dying Before You Die

Who am I when my body fails me?”  This is a question we must face when injury or illness takes its toll  on our lives. How do we respond to physical, mental, emotional stresses? How do we view God when … Continue reading

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