What’s In a Name?

 January 31, 2013

What’s In a Name?             St. Mary Grade School.  First Grade.  Sr. Rosarita sends one of her students to Sr. Stella’s third grade class.  Her mission:  to procure a pair of scissors.             Sr. Stella, happy at the interruption, stops her class and asks the student her name.           “My real name is Patricia but […]

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Psalm 33: Sing a New Song

 January 30, 2013

Psalm 33 – Sing a New Song Psalm 33 instructs us to sing a new song – what might this new song be?  How do we know it is new and not just a rehash of some other songs, warmed over and re-served?  Ecclesiastes says there is nothing new under the sun.  If so, what […]

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Psalm 32: Is Confession Good for the Soul?

 January 24, 2013

Psalm 32: Is Confession Good for the Soul? “When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away. . . I acknowledged my sin . . . then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin.” (3-5) It’s been said that confession is good for the soul, and this psalm would attest to that.  The […]

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A Cup of Coffee and the Psalms

 January 17, 2013

Coffee and the Psalms  “My strength returns to me with my cup of coffee and the reading of the Psalms.”  Dorothy Day Good things happen over a cup of coffee or tea:  in depth conversations with a friend or just shooting the breeze; early morning meditations with God. Since I’m no longer preaching every Sunday, […]

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Psalm 31 – Into your hands I commit my Spirit

 October 23, 2012

Psalm 31 – Into Your Hands,  I Commend My Spirit I love this time of year.  There is beauty everywhere.  If only I could freeze frame all of the colors of fall.  I look about and try to etch a memory indelibly into my mind, but it doesn’t work.  Nothing remains in my memory, even […]

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Random Thoughts on Preaching by Catholic Lay Woman

 August 31, 2012

Random Thoughts on Preaching using the Revised Common Lectionary by a Catholic Lay Woman             As a Catholic Lay woman who has never been formally trained in preaching, who am I to preach?  I am not allowed to preach in the Catholic Church, that being reserved to ordained priests and deacons, and yet that is what […]

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Psalm 30:5b – Joy comes with the morning


Psalm 30:  Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Joy comes with the morning.  I’ve been living with this passage for the past month, since July 18 when my position as chaplain was abruptly eliminated.  One minute I was planning out the next month’s sermons, an hour later I was […]

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Psalm 28: With Song I Give Thanks!

 July 13, 2012

July 15, 2012               Psalm 28:  With Song I Give Thanks 2 Samuel 6:1-19                      Psalm 28                     Ephesians 1:3-14         Mark 6:14-29 Liar, liar, pants on fire – appropriate phrase as we listen to the political rhetoric around us.  Satan is the prince of lies, a master of deception, and if so, his presence is apparent throughout our […]

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Psalm 48: Song of Jerusalem

 July 9, 2012

July 8, 2012 2 Samuel 5:1-10                      Psalm 48          2 Corinthians 12:2-10             Mark 6:1-13 There are places I remember, all my life, though some have changed, Some forever not for better, some are gone, some remain. All these places have their moments, with people and friends I still can recall. Some are dead and  some are […]

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Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths

 June 29, 2012

Jerusalem:  One City, Three Faiths             Jerusalem: sacred to all three of the major monotheistic faiths, a site of controversy, violence and abuse of the sacred, a place of contradiction.  Karen Armstrong, in her book, Jerusalem:  One City, Three Faiths, describes thousands of years of history of this city, a history filled with bloodshed.  With […]

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