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Living Clean

Sobriety. The word that seemed so daunting to me 30 years ago when I first heard it. You mean people can live without alcohol? But it’s my best friend. Got sober. Worked the steps. Made amends. Helped others stay sober. … Continue reading

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The Problem of suffering…

*Note – This is from a Bible study commentary I gave last year… 9 So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, “Take it and eat; it will be … Continue reading

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Why I don’t use contraception

*  Note, this is from a talk I gave last year on Natural Family Planning. I became Catholic 21 years ago.  Converted from being an Episcopalian.   At that time, no one was talking about a war on a woman’s right … Continue reading

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Goldilocks, Lenten Aspirations and How to bring God your gifts

5 in the same way, all of us, though there are so many of us, make up one body in Christ, and as different parts we are all joined to one another. 6 Then since the gifts that we have … Continue reading

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Serenity Prayer

Was thinking recently about the serenity prayer (one of my all time favorites) and happened to find this funny and true updated version from Fr James Martin: God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, which … Continue reading

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Cradled in the Palm of His Hand

“See!  I will not forget you…I have carved you on the palm of my hand.” Isaiah 49:15-16 When I was received into the Catholic Church at Easter in 1996 my sponsor gave me the small plaque pictured above.  I have … Continue reading

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Cleaning House

“If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” John 20:23 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 An absolutely lovely benefit of going back … Continue reading

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