Month: December 2016

A Good Fear

I have a great-uncle who has a way of commanding attention and tells scads of groovy stories. At one family get together the topic of child rearing came up. As can be likely with a mixing of the older generation…

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When Eating is a Spiritual Act

When you awake in the morning to find the sun has gone missing, the cloud cover seems so absolute, you wonder if it will return. Walk down the stairs, or down the hall, and put on the kettle. Switch on…

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Good News for the Poor

Most churches don’t spend much time on the disturbing words of pregnant Mary’s song in Luke 1, known as the Magnificat. But during the British colonial rule of India, it was forbidden to sing the Magnificat in church. Gandhi, who…

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When Jesus Came Screaming

Being a kid was great.   As a child, I could count on being fed, could make up games in my head or in the garden…all those wonderful things I could do because I was usually carefree. But there were…

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Some Advice for Christmas from Ask Addie

First of all, give yourself permission to not be merry or bright. Excuse yourself from the manufactured pressures of Christmas cheer.   The holiday season comes sharp and brittle for some. Maybe even for you. Be gentle with others. Be…

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I Almost Got Locked Up For Christmas

The large man stood in the pulpit. His voice rattled and ricocheted off the light-blue plaster walls as dust motes danced in colored light, the sun having worked its way over the white-oak and black-ash trees filtering its way through…

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Advent for All, Week 4: Love

Whether you find yourself in church this Advent or struggling to step foot in its doors, the message of Advent surrounds us.   Of all the Advent stories, the one in the Gospel of John is my favorite. John doesn’t…

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Jane the Married Virgin and the Effects of Purity Culture

I’ve been watching Jane the Virgin since season one, enjoying the improbable telenovela story of a virgin who is artificially inseminated, having a baby long before she gets married or has sex. As a Catholic, saving sex for marriage is…

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My First Christmas as a Divorcee

Christmas always makes me feel a little sad and a little lonely. As a young girl waiting to open her presents on Christmas, I felt a hint of melancholy. My mind would wander to people who might be sitting alone,…

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The Danger of Being Eternally-Minded

A friend I’ve known for nearly a quarter of my life is lying in a hospital bed pondering death.   Right now.   As I write this, if not sleeping, my friend is contemplating assisted suicide.   I have been…

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