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When Life Intervenes

Theologically, the only thing that I am certain about is that too much certainty is not a good thing. A great deal of it assumes that we know more of God than I frankly believe is possible. Whether you agree with that or not, there is a world of evidence that supports the claim that ...

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When Success Isn't

If you are too obsessed with success, you will forget to live. If you have learned only how to be a success, your life has probably been wasted. I wish that Thomas Merton had lived longer; there's no telling what he would have said had he lived to be old. This quote, taken from an essay in a ...

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Je Suis Charlie: How to be One in a Radically Separated World

This year-end was no different. In a few quiet moments of reflection on New Year’s Eve, after a bit of the usual resolving and praying about my little world -- about which I mean no diminishment, my resolutions and prayers matter to me as yours do to you -- my lips and heart were filled ...

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Santa and the Virgin Mary

Is there really a Santa Claus? Last night I participated in a discussion of this very question with a group of people, each of whom is old enough to long ago have settled this one. Before we knew it, though, and long before we had reached any real agreement, we, being a group of church geeks, ...

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A Spirit Worth Catching

In some ways it begins again this week.  On Sunday there is Cleaning and Greening, our annual parish party to decorate the church for this holy season. A few professionals get it started on Saturday, and then in and around the first two services Sunday morning, all of us who want to will add ...

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