Sacrificing Innocents to the Cult of Trump

It was after a Maundy Thursday, or maybe Good Friday service and Paul, lapsed Catholic and attending all the Holy Week services for the first time in a very long time, was hearing all the readings and listening with a critical ear. Allow me to paraphrase my wise hubby, "So, all these politicians cutting services …

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Entertaining Angels and Con-men

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it."  Hebrews 13:2-3 Long before I knew the passage, they've found me: people who need money, in parking lots with sad stories of sick mothers a bus ticket away, needing a room for the night and just $10 …

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Ash Wednesday’s Angel

She was slender, in a coat too big for her and with a mop of dark hair in need of a good brushing. She might have been a small ten year old, and it was clear English was her second language as she handed me a note and asked, "Please you help?" Paul's eyebrow rose …

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Ash Wednesday To Go

It finally happened: I stood on a street corner for God. Three of 'em. No sandwich board declaring The End Is Nigh, but still more evangelizing than I am comfortable with generally. Fortunately, I had my camera to hide behind. There we were: three women waving on a street corner, one fully garbed in priestly …

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Weekend Coffee Share: Where do You Find the Holy?

We were walking out of Central Barbecue in Memphis, Tennessee, when Paul said, "Let's walk around the front of the motel and see what it is." We'd driven past the sign on the way to the barbecue place, knew we should know the name but came up bupkis. Was is some old rocker's momma's name? …

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An (Extra)Ordinary Man

We were serving hot dogs to homeless people in Columbia, South Carolina, when I overheard a scrap of conversation. I had observed that Arthur knew almost all of the homeless we served that day, but chalked it up to frequent participation in this particular ministry. But it was more than that, it was one of …

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The Percival Moment

Last night, Paul and I were dropping off a Home Depot bucket full of cleaning products at our priest's house, and Mother Leslie was thanking us for contributing. A couple of other parishioners are driving a truck, stuffed with cleaning supplies, de-humidifiers, and fans, down to Houston today.  I told her no worries, we always …

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Radical Hospitality

I've been hearing the term Radical Hospitality in Christian circles for some years now. It seems to vaguely mean Inclusion, Tolerance, and Support for the individual on his or her faith journey, as well as a method of bringing newcomers to the faith. It has meant different things to the various different people and congregations …

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Weekend Coffee Share: It’s Time

If we were having coffee, I might ask if you follow any sort of Lenten practice? I do, and generally find it a helpful, healthy time of year to clean up, clean out, recenter. In years past, I've given up chocolate, red meat, etc., or taken up some reading, some form of self-improvement. Last year, …

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A Gift in Hidden Figures

If you haven't seen the film Hidden Figures, go do so immediately. Also, if you don't want any spoilers read no further but go see the film and then come back. Therefore be warned: SPOILERS AHEAD. There, I've done my spoilery duty. ************************************************** It's Valentine's Day and I am grateful my valentine loves going to …

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