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August 6: Feast of the Transfiguration

August 6: Feast of the Transfiguration

“The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen…I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees at the blessed sacrament” Brother Lawrence  My tile backsplash holds this quote on an index card. As I chop potatoes, knead dough, or prepare leftovers for the microwave, if I think to look up from my task, the index card catches my eye.  Really?…

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A Different Kind of Sight

A Different Kind of Sight

I found out today that the habit I’ve picked up in the past couple of months is called doomscrolling. Even if the term is new to you, as it was to me, you can probably guess the meaning. And perhaps you, too, have picked up this habit, as the events of each day — along with people’s astonishing reactions to them — fill up your news feed and capture your attention, even as every new item you scroll through heaps disbelief…

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Infinity

Infinity

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is: infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell  I’m in the middle of reading Norman Wirzba’s From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World. So much good stuff there, so many questions percolating in my mind about how to live faithfully in the suburban…

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A surprise

A surprise

Sometimes the answered prayer comes as a surprise. Unexpected, but not for lack of faith, lack of confidence in God’s ability to answer; rather, the surprise comes from the forgetfulness I so easily slip in to. It’s a semi-conscious state that I live in for much of the time: the mundane and urgent tasks order my day and fill my head and my heart, leaving little room for anything that does not demand my attention now. Conversation with God — a…

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