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Just before Easter my daughter was explaining to me that fairies were not real but Santa Claus was.  It was a testament of belief that indicated to me where her eight year old heart and mind were.  But I know she has doubts in her simple delineation between fairies and Santa.  At some point, her…

Today is a day of rejoicing.  Today we recognize the central mystery of our faith, that Jesus, the Son of God, suffered, died, was buried . . .  and was raised from the dead.  To that we say Alleluia! Resurrection.  How did this happen?  While we cannot fully understand this mystery of faith, Jesus’ resurrection…

To be passionate about something is to hold great interest in it.  Something is our “passion,” because it serves as a driving force for our life.  Webster classifies it as an emotion and defines it as an “intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction.”  Respecting that passion within us can bring us happiness, thus the…

Life is precious.  It is something we cherish and struggle to preserve.  It is something that we grieve when it is gone.  It is the common thread of humanity and all life on earth.  It is the animating breath of God; God’s Spirit within us. What does it mean to have God’s Spirit in us? …

Now that we are in daylight savings time, we have light extending into the evenings.  This change benefits spring sports practices which are hard to have when it gets dark around six in the evening.  But with the extended light, these and other activities can take place because the light enables us to see.  Being…

Water is an essential element of life and makes up about sixty percent of our bodies.  It helps us regulate our body temp, aids in digestion and has many other benefits.  Our need for water is highlighted in our thirst when we do intense exercise or are exposed to extreme heat.  In drier and desert…

Have you ever been in a situation with others that has moved you to the point of thinking or feeling like you did not want to leave that place or that experience?  It is one of those moments when you desire to savor the experience for an extended time.  Why?  We desire to stay in…

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.”  I heard this phrase every Ash Wednesday growing up.  It signaled our communal entry into this 40 day period of Lent marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  The use of the word “dust” in that phrase hearkens back to creation and underscores our mortality,…

Worry.  It seems to be a constitutive part of human life.  It can be oppressive and intense at times, depending on our life situation.  A single mother barely getting by can feel an ever-present worry about how to provide for her family.  Our culture, obsessed with appearances, can cause worry in the average person about…

What does it mean to be perfect?  Webster’s dictionary gives a definition of “being entirely without fault or defect: flawless.”  A quest for perfection can lead us to achieve great things, but it can also lead to damage.  Since we are human, being “without fault” is not something we can achieve.  Our society tends to…

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