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The New Year’s Resolution Gone Wrong

The human being is capable of great idealism . . . and great delusion, as these resolutions humorously attest. Resolution #1 2015: I will try to be a better husband to Marge. 2016: I will not leave Marge. 2017: I will try for a reconciliation with Marge. 2018: I will try to be a better…

The Life You Save Will Be Your Own

There was an outdoor orchestra concert in New York and the featured piece of music began with a far off trumpet–a distant, clarion call that set the tone for the whole symphony. In rehearsals the conductor moved the trumpeter to the farthest edge of the stage, and then further into the wings. Still, he wasn’t…

The Axe and the Frozen Sea

Back when my two daughters were listening to Green Day, 98 Degrees and Blink 182, they had all the feelings surging through that music–anxiety, excitement, pouty anger, self-consciousness and of course an enormous need to be loved. Pop music gave voice to all those inexpressible feelings. As a father I often felt helpless to reach…

You Are Not Going to Change the World

Advent is about to dawn, and when it does it leads us into quietness and expectation. Basically, Advent has one message in two parts. (1) A savior is coming. And (2) it’s not you. That is why the images and language of the season seem passive and weak. We are asked to stand down, to…

The Blood of Christ in the Dialysis Center

I have a confession to make. Often the Eucharist does nothing for me. It could simply be a case of liturgical bingeing. After all, I celebrated that sacred meal four times on Sunday. That’s enough to make anyone ask to see the menu again. Sometimes I catch myself in the middle of the Great Thanksgiving…