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6/7/2020: The Lourdes Garage, 1963

J | M ➕ J The little shrine was close by, just right for an after-supper family outing. The Our Lady of Lourdes Garage Project started when a homeowner a few miles off turned his backyard garage into a prayer … Continue reading

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5/24/2020: One Drop of Distance

They all had the right of way. They walked in pairs holding hands, or in little family groups, many holding a walker or baby stroller or dog leash. On this sunny Sunday after days of rain, stuck in town on … Continue reading

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5/29/20 Suicidal Thinking: Open Questions

The day was going along pleasantly, when there in my internet viewing queue was a highly acclaimed Christian film about evangelization to teenagers at risk of suicide. Obligingly I took a look, meaning to write a review about its teaching … Continue reading

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2/26/2020: Secret of Eternal Beauty

Miss Florence was one class act. Blue eyes, French-braided silver hair, porcelain white skin, slender willowy figure. How old? Good luck with that; she wasn’t talking. Miss Florence was no churchy type, but every Sunday she picked out a special … Continue reading

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“Christian, Single, AND Lonely? Is That Even a Thing?”

We traditional Christian types believe that in marriage, God draws two people together to be closer to Him. We are taught to find joy with our spouse, but that the point of relationships is not to make us happy, but … Continue reading

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John Kralik and the 365 Thank Yous

Does anybody else out there keep a calendar of favorite books to re-read on the same day year after year? If so, here’s a perfect choice for Thanksgiving: Judge John Kralik’s book 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act … Continue reading

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10/1 Sleepytime Ritual

Bedtime routines are a real help. It’s a pleasure when I manage to tune out non-essential distractions, tick through a list of evening chores, and settle in early. Recently it occurred to me that my spiritual practice wasn’t as close … Continue reading

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Windfall

The untraveled back alleys in our older residential neighborhoods have tiny tool sheds and tree houses and dog huts, woodpiles and heaps of tomato stakes, trumpet and wisteria and sweetpea and morning glory and honeysuckle vines softening the picket fences. … Continue reading

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The Eep in the Uproar

At midnight a police car shot down our main road at breakneck speed. The officer switched on alarms which (according to the teacher at our precinct’s Citizen Academy) indicated a highest-priority distress call; perhaps another police officer in mortal danger. … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn

You can learn things just by taking the garbage out to the garbage cage and saying hello to people that you see walking down the street. Last Sunday some folks passing by said a hearty hello back, speaking in a … Continue reading

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