The Practice of Starting Over (by Victor Klimoski)

Several years ago, my friend Sean shared his daily practice of zazen. Every morning, first thing, he would sit for an hour of meditation. “It has changed my life,” he said. Who would not perk up at such testimony? Who would not want a practice that would change their lives?

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As I Live and Breathe! (by Rev. Fr. Yanchy Lacska)

I grew up in the South and when someone was surprised by something they heard, they would often say, “As I live and breathe!” We are entering the season of Pentecost and it is the beginning of something surprising happening. On Pentecost Sunday we hear the story of the disciples of Jesus gathering together to…

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Called by Name to Resurrection (by Dr. Gary Boelhower)

Although this liturgical season after Easter is full of alleluias, the world seems filled with cries of anguish. We watch the daily news of human brutality and war. We continue to participate in everyday systems of plunder that put our ecosystem at risk. We wonder at …

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What Did You Give Up For Lent? (by Rev. Fr. Yanchy Lacska)

Growing up in a Roman Catholic family in the 1950-60s meant abstaining from meat every Friday. I still remember nostalgically those Friday night suppers of fish sticks or tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. But during Lent, in addition to our meatless Fridays, our family tradition was to abstain from sweets except fruit. This meant six…

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True Love (by Dorene King, OSB)

My memories of Grandma King included the attack of the red ant. At the heightened age of seven, I scaled a sandy hill near her house. After sliding and regaining my foothold, I succeeded in obtaining its summit. My accomplishment was overshadowed by something that didn’t feel right.

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Like a Weaned Child on its Mother’s Lap (by Luce Marie Dionne, OSB)

This Advent I decided to spend more time reflecting on the Incarnation and the Holy Family. I think what propelled my spirit was not only the external world issues at out doorsteps, but like for every human person on earth, I am trying to be at peace amidst it all. Also, we have lost some of our energy due to the pandemic,

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Ensouled Animals (by Dawn Carrillo)

I recently read this passage by theologian and Franciscan sister, Ilia Delio. It came to me at a time when I have been watching the decline in and nearness of death for our family dog, Frodo, a best friend, brother, confidante, and constant companion for my 18-year-old son, Gabe, for most of his life. Many…

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