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A Guided Examen

Every day at 2:05 p.m., students at Strake Jesuit High School in Houston pause and pray an Examen. This is the audio that leads...

Real Presents (Part II)

Moving right along.  Where was I?  The 5:30 PM liturgy on Friday. I had finally settled down in a back pew when an usher's tap...

Real Presents (Part I)

Just when I'm almost certain that church-the-building is one of the last places I'll encounter God's grace, I receive evidence to the contrary. Being a...

My Day in Purgatory

I took my girls to a place called Purgatory Chasm and had a metaphor experience.  Metaphor experiences are of course those things you do...

On the Move with God

God doesn't move, we do. I've heard this aphorism for years and am currently experiencing this bit of wisdom big time.  God doesn't move,...

Slumps and Winning Streaks

Psychologists study a phenomenon called "disregard of regression toward the mean." This is our tendency to expect that extreme performance will continue. ...

A Lector’s Margin Notes

I probably can't describe how I know if and when I'm hearing from the Almighty without sounding odd.  Let's just say I've (pretty much)...

Love Lives in the Details

Until I dive right into a situation, I will never understand how to love the people who live there. As a writer, I could talk...

What's Next?

The notion that the spiritual life is a journey is so common that it's a platitude. I've worked for years in Catholic publishing. I've seen...

Desire and the Church

During this week of Pentecost I have been thinking about the Church as an institution, a community launched by Christ and gifted with the...

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