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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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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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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Single All the Way

Here is what I know about the holiday season: these days put a magnifying glass on every emotion, making them that much more intense. When I’m sad during the holidays, I am very sad. When I’m happy, I am very…

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Advent is Calling

Busy. Overwhelmed. Crowded. Shopping. Sales. Cooking. Eating. Traffic. Planning. Arranging.   All these words come to mind when I think of the holiday season. Every year, Christmas creeps up on me. I’ve heard it’s supposed to be the “most wonderful…

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