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Summer is a time when we like to slow down and “vacate” from our normal routines and indulge in some time apart at our favorite recreational places.  It is sacred time, a time to refresh and gain perspective by stepping out of those routines.  It is also a great time to enjoy the radiance of…

Some scholars suggest that Jesus’ work as a carpenter involved creating such farming devices as oxen yokes, plows and wagons, which created a familiarity that spilled into his parables since, many of them have to do with agrarian life.  This is the second week that farming is the focus of Jesus’ message.  Rather than focus…

Spring provides a great opportunity to plant a garden.  In the summer, we watch them grow.  If you are such a person who plants a garden, it can be a tricky endeavor.  The growth is effected by how the soil receives the seed or plant.  It can be to acidic, have too much clay, be…

As the celebration of our independence arrives this week, it is good to take stock of our citizenship.  What is the cost of citizenship in the USA?  It depends on who you ask.  For those who were not born here the cost is high, especially given the present political climate.  Suspicion and fear of immigrants…

“What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops” (Mt. 10: 27). A group of our SCMOQ seventh graders went on a mission trip to Harrisburg, PA for a week of service in the first week of summer break.  This intrepid group went, not…

Trinity Sunday is the “logical” follow-up to the Easter season.  Within the Easter season, we celebrate feasts which focus on “persons” of the Trinity.  Christ returns to the Father in the Ascension and the Spirit is given to us in Pentecost.  And so today the Church says clearly and unequivocally affirms the truth that God…

Birthdays are unifying markers in our lives.  They celebrate the beginning of our life’s journey.  We invite family and friends to be with us so that we are surrounded by the love that animates our lives.  Traditionally we light candles on a cake or other preferred confection and sing “Happy Birthday” to mark the day…

Most of us experience a leaving of some kind in our lives whether it be from a job, a relationship, a friendship or a geographical area.  One of the first leavings we do is going off to school.  The separation of sending a small child off to preschool or kindergarten can be difficult on the…

Humans are built for community.  In a community we can be known, valued and have a sense of belonging.  Any prolonged separation from community, familial or otherwise, can be a harrowing challenge, something known by orphans.  The film “Lion” captures the reality of being orphaned.  It is based on the real story of a boy…

The term “the way” can be applied to many aspects of travel in life.  We go on “the way” to our destinations often with the use of our GPS systems.  We “find our way” in life by trying different paths in terms of our life choices.  “The Way” also refers to El Camino de Santiago,…

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