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As a mother comforts her son

“Oh that you may suck fully of the milk of her comfort That you may nurse with delight at her abundant breasts! . . . As nurslings you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap; as a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find […]

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From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks

A few disconnected observations from today’s (Sunday’s) first reading. 
Sirach 27:4-7 Today’s first reading from Sirach presents a series of images which illustrate something about the nature of speech and something about trials and tests. Each image has a slightly different emphasis so that the overall point of them all together is somehow greater than […]

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  I’ve been reading Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. It begins in ancient China, documenting how this mineral, which is necessary to human life, also became one of the first forms of currency and one of the first economic commodities, allowing people to preserve and transport food. In today’s Office of Readings is […]

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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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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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Beyond the Mystery Is Mercy

When the great moment arrived and the voice of God became audible at Sinai, what mysteries did it disclose? I apocalyptic visions one is shown “the treasuries of the stars,” mountains of gold, seas of glass, cities of jasper. Did Israel learn anything at Sinai about the enigmas of the universe? About the conditions of […]

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