Nothing but love

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I stood in the doorway of my classroom. Behind me was the window that provided a vista to the bird’s nest. My students and I...

The call of the Good Samaritan

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As a very young child, the first thing I learned about the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10: 29-37) was to practice what...

The oh moment: Emptiness to exploration

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I have always struggled with Jesus’ words that if one comes to Him without hating one’s own life, that person cannot be a disciple (Lk...

A hand up to walk together in kindness

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As an adolescent, the tale of Martha and Mary (Lk 10:38-42) always puzzled me. We are called to be doers (and not just hearers)...

Surrender: Seeds grow

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As an adolescent, I never understood Jesus’ words, “I have more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when He comes,...

The light beyond: Responding to the Face of God

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A second-grader wailed in tears. What hurt more than the skinned knee was his friends laughing at him as well. Cardinal Van Thuan expressed it...

Love your enemies

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The senior screamed, “I will grind him into the dust of the earth.” He pointed to the blackboard behind me as he continued, “And...

Happy Birthday Jesus

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We were praying the Rosary. Sister Claire announced the Nativity as “Happy Birthday Jesus.” After we completed the Rosary, I gently suggested perhaps one...

Endbeginnings

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As a teen-ager, Jesus’ words about the end of the ages (Mk 13:24-32) seemed so frightening that I quickly moved past them to latch...

Be a blessing

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I glanced at Fulghum’s book entitled “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” I smiled as I relived a moment with my...

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