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Some Mercy Now

“MERCY is NOT table fry sharing!” Almost twenty years after leaving our Mercy high school, my best friend and I still exchange this...

Cobblestones, Grace, and Comfortable Shoes

The strangest Palm Sunday experience I ever had was when I somehow ended up as a lector at the Mass with Pope Benedict several years ago....

Trouble and Glory

Today’s Gospel is particularly difficult to read and reflect on; Jesus predicts his own death, says that those who wish to serve him must...

The Light of God

Even though today is the fourth Sunday of Lent, to most of the world it is just another day. Another Sunday to get laundry done, make...

Listening for God's Voice

Today’s Responsorial Psalm is a personal favorite: “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts”. My preference for this Psalm...

Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

The Old Testament reading this week is the well-known story of “the binding of Isaac.” Abraham has been told by God to bring his only...

The Challenge of the Spirit

Reading Mark’s Gospel often feels like running a sprint, because it is so action-packed and fast paced. Today's Gospel reading comes...

Defying Social Scripts

A friend and I have been trying to get together for over a month, but every week one of our toddlers is sick. And in our post-COVID world...

God Walks With the Brokenhearted 

This time of year is riddled with dates that remind me of my brokenheartedness. Between the beginning of February and the beginning of...

The Gift of Choices

The miracles of Jesus served many purposes; of course, they were service to those who most needed healing, but they also supported Jesus’...

Change

A few years ago, I chose to leave my graduate program where I was studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. At the time this decision...

Were You Listening?

The holidays are past, and we are blessed with a powerful trio of readings on yet another extraordinary, ordinary Sunday! Here I am Lord,...

Shaped by Family

“The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him” (Luke 2:22). This is one of the small peeks we...

Women of the Messiah

When we dive into the lectionary for the Christmas readings there are a plethora of options all dependent on the time of day. The gospel...

Love Forever Being Born

In November of 2022, I found myself silently weeping in the lobby of the University of Chicago Hospital, having just concluded my 38th...

In the Fray

Today’s Gospel reading states that “A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might...

Make Me a Prophet

The mountain village of Ein Karem, southwest of Jerusalem, is the location of two churches in the Holy Land: The Church of the Visitation...

Am I an Orphan?

It is that season again.  We prepare.  We wait.  We anticipate.  On this first Sunday of Advent 2023, Jesus tells us, “Be watchful! Be...

Worrying to Dust

If I am honest, I relate the most to the final servant in today’s Gospel. When I receive something good or special, I worry over it: What...

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