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Fear, Trust, and Skinny-Dipping in the Platte

July 27, AD2017 1 Comment
Fear, Trust, and Skinny-Dipping in the Platte

I have trust issues. It’s precisely this fact about me which limits my public self-revelation, and which more than anything else explains why I’m still a bachelor in my middle age. In the imprecise, even sloppy way we use the word love, to love someone isn’t necessarily to trust them with our vulnerabilities. We have […]

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Mrs. Valiant, Meek and Mild: Reconciling Confidence and Gentleness

May 12, AD2017 2 Comments
Mrs. Valiant, Meek and Mild:  Reconciling Confidence and Gentleness

One of the most common early Church titles of our Lady is “the Valiant Woman.”  She is the one we run to in distress, looking for shelter and asking her to rout our spiritual adversaries.  This gentle woman, quiet dove, is also She who will crush Satan beneath her heel.  How do we reconcile these […]

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Trusting God’s Plan for My Good

April 7, AD2017 5 Comments
Trusting God’s Plan for My Good

Knowing God has a plan for my good can be of great comfort especially for people, like me, who suffer from crippling anxiety.  Social media has been a godsend in many ways including renewed and new friendships as well as remarkable opportunities to evangelize.  However, it also comes with a greater opportunity to discover the […]

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Hurry Up, Easter!

March 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Hurry Up, Easter!

With the early days of the Lenten season now upon us, perhaps, like me, you already find the prospect of so many weeks ahead until Easter quite daunting. Usually, the First Sunday of Lent has not even arrived and I find myself war weary from the penitential season of Lent. I think by the time […]

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A Society Built on Trust

September 6, AD2016 6 Comments
A Society Built on Trust

I walked into Wal-Mart in Dearborn and seemed out of place because I was white and buying alcohol. (Dearborn is a Detroit suburb with the highest concentration of Muslims in the USA.) I probably looked extra-weird as I had just finished a 40-mile bike ride and was still dressed in clothes appropriate for cycling. I […]

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Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

August 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

  The Mass readings for this last Sunday, August 7, have as their common theme trust in the Lord. Another word for this trust is faith. For us in the beginning of the twenty-first century, the idea of faith has something of an air of “buying a pig in a poke” to it, or of […]

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An Unfulfilled Dream and a Fulfillment of Trust

June 13, AD2016 0 Comments
An Unfulfilled Dream and a Fulfillment of Trust

In my last article, I wrote about my Rome semester.  Obviously, my journey through the Eternal City contained lots of different experiences, both good and bad, and trying to describe all of them would be impossible.  However, I would like to highlight one in particular now, because it held a significance beyond what happened at […]

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Seeking God in Our Disappointment

February 8, AD2016 1 Comment
Seeking God in Our Disappointment

  “Why did God let that happen??” We have all had the experience of pondering why something bad or disappointing happened to us. It is even more frustrating when our plans do not come to fruition despite the goal being good and worthy and our best efforts being put forth. If the disappointment concerns something […]

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I Am Blind and Deaf

October 16, AD2015 3 Comments
I Am Blind and Deaf

Early one brisk January evening a few years ago, I was driving to a speaking engagement at a parish in North Seattle. As I exited the highway I noticed a coffee shop on the other side of the road. A good, hot cup of coffee was exactly what I needed, so I parked, went in […]

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Stand Still? I’m Wired to Fight or Run

August 14, AD2015 39 Comments
Stand Still?  I’m Wired to Fight  or Run

  The  secret to authentic interior freedom goes against every fiber of  our being. The answer to every crisis, every threat we will face in our lives on earth, is to stand still and trust. Easier said than done. As sinful humans, we are wired to fight  or run from any threat to ourselves or those […]

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Trusting In God Completely

January 31, AD2015 6 Comments
Trusting In God Completely

There are many lessons to be learned from reading Holy Scripture, but in my opinion, one of the most important lessons to be learned is that we humans should learn to totally trust in God to do what’s best for us, at all times, no matter how bleak the situation. Of course, the caveat that […]

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Is Christ the Head of Your Home?

October 1, AD2014 18 Comments
Is Christ the Head of Your Home?

My husband called on his way home from work, tired and hungry. He had been in Atlanta since before the sun came up, and now he was stuck in traffic. He still had to go back to his office, which meant passing our house (which was still 25 miles away from where he was) and […]

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Faith Without Hope

September 18, AD2014 14 Comments
Faith Without Hope

Ephemeral Hope I possess an intellectual spirituality that makes me shy away from an outward display of faith filled emotions. I prefer internal intensity. Also, I also fear how such emotions are temporary. Ephemeral feelings should not be the foundation of the spiritual life. Although, we certainly benefit from the good times, those windswept moments […]

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What Is God Calling You To Study?

August 7, AD2014 5 Comments
What Is God Calling You To Study?

Pretty soon, many students will make the return to college to continue their four year academic odyssey. This group will also include recent high school graduates that will officially become college students. The one question they are sure to be asked will be, “What are you majoring in?” For some, it will bring a quick […]

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Family Trauma: Responding With Control or Love

June 20, AD2014 20 Comments
Family Trauma:  Responding With Control or Love

In the past six months, my large family of eleven has been tested by multiple traumas; we have been  bombarded with illness, cancer and subsequent treatments, a threat of a premature birth of our fifth grandchild and a traumatic birth, celebrated  the birth of a fourth grandchild, suffered with  a daughter cracking under  a combination […]

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Friendships: Reason, Season, or a Lifetime

May 14, AD2014 2 Comments
Friendships: Reason, Season, or a Lifetime

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: \”What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” – C.S. Lewis . People come into our lives for a variety of reasons. Some of them stay for a while – call it a season – leaving after a few […]

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Prayer: Nothing Impossible

January 22, AD2014 2 Comments
Prayer: Nothing Impossible

“… for nothing will be impossible for God” –Luke 1:37 Christmas vacation as a graduate student is nothing short of spectacular. No more papers to write, novels to read or tests to study for. For the first time in a while, I had time to breathe, time to think, time to write. Which also means […]

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Do We Trust More in the Power of God or the Devil?

August 17, AD2013 3 Comments
Do We Trust More in the Power of God or the Devil?

As Catholics, we are often leery of personal revelation because we are afraid of the being deceived but really, do we trust more in the power of God or the devil? Of course we should be cautious but what are we so worried about? The Church protects us with the gift of confession, the mystical tradition of the […]

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When God Says “No”

June 17, AD2013 13 Comments
When God Says “No”

Have you ever prayed really hard about a decision – perhaps one involving a new job or a new relationship – and you were absolutely certain that God would answer your prayer in a specific way? You would get the job, the guy or girl, the promotion or the recognition for work well done. But you […]

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