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The Years the Locust Has Eaten

Two verses keep bumping together in my head, one from the prophet Joel and one from the second Chronicles:


 “I will restore to you the years     which the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,     my great army, which I sent among you.” (Joel 2:25) “All this was to fulfill the […]

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Why the Passion?

“But why the passion? Why pain and suffering? Is God so vindictive that he must inflict pain and suffering on those who follow him? The answer lies not in God’s will but in the world in which we live and try to follow his will. Christ’s life and suffering were redemptive; his ‘apostolate’ in the […]

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Restless Heart

Thoughts on the invitatory psalm. Every day the Liturgy of the Hours begins with the invitatory Psalm, a psalm that invites us into the day’s work of Praise. The default invitatory is Psalm 95, which begins with a literal invitation: “Come, let us sing to the Lord; and shout for joy to the Rock who […]

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The Inadequacy of Words

  Reading notes on a section of God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism by Abraham Joshua Heschel, the section titled: “The Disparity of Experience and Expression”. I’m having fun reading Heschel alongside one of my favorite poem sequences ever, T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. All unattributed quotes are from the Heschel. “. . […]

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Peace in Penance

“The time of penance has come, the time to atone for our sins and seek our salvation.” I like to assign myself copywork appropriate to the liturgical season. I make it beautiful with my calligraphy pens, illuminate it, aand then hang the verses and prayers around the house as visual reminders for us all. I […]

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Advent in Lent?

I found this Advent meditation today, but somehow it seemed not inappropriate for Lent. “People sometimes get disheartened because they have read that suffering ennobles and have met people who seem to have come out of the crucible like pure silver, made beautiful by suffering; but it seems to them that in their own case […]

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Kicking the Devil Down the Stairs: St Michael, Superheroes, Swords, and Little Boys

A mom in one of my Facebook groups is — understandably— concerned that her six year old boy is suddenly obsessed with the devil, talking about him constantly, asking lots of questions about the devil, talking about hurting the devil with a sword, comparing other people’s bad behavior to the devil. Is this normal? she […]

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