The Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer- Bible Study

 February 5, 2013

The Psalms and the Lord’s Prayer Deitrich Bonhoeffer in his book, Psalms: the Prayer Book of the Bible, says:  “All the prayers of Holy Scripture are summarized in the Lord’s Prayer, and are contained in its immeasurable breadth.  They are not made superfluous by the Lord’s Prayer but constitute the inexhaustible richness of the Lord’s […]

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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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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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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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Thanks for the Memories

 January 30, 2012

(This was to have been my last column for Jackson Citizen Patriot however it didn’t get published so I’m posting it here.) Why is it so hard to let go of “stuff.”  I’m not a candidate for the reality show on hoarders.  One can easily walk from room to room in my home with only […]

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St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI

 January 16, 2012

St. Gregory’s Abbey, Three Rivers, MI Benedictine monasteries pray all of the psalms over the course of one week, beginning with matins in the wee hours of the morning, through lauds, terce, sext, none, vespers and ending with compline before going to bed.  I have wanted to experience this for some time, just had to […]

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Bird by Bird – Psalm by Psalm. Welcome New Readers

 January 11, 2012

Bird by Bird – Psalm by Psalm I’m still in the beginning stages of this venture through the Psalms.  When I look at the entirety of the book, I am overwhelmed.  So many of the same themes are repeated over and over, how will I ever come up with new sermon material for each one?  […]

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Psalm 148 – All Creation Praise the Lord – Happy New Year!

 December 30, 2011

New Year’s Day, 2012 Isaiah 61:10-62:3        Psalm 148        Galatians 4:4-7            Luke 2:22-40 Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Why […]

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Psalm 97 – Repetitions that Delight – Christmas 2011

 December 22, 2011

Christmas 2011             Repetitions that Delight Isaiah 9:2-7          Psalm 97              1 Titus 3:4-7                  Luke 2:1-20 When my son, Dan, was a baby, he had one book he wanted me to read over and over and over, Busy Timmy, to point where he had it memorized at 1 year.  Needless to say, I grew tired of this […]

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Psalm 126, Great Expectations

 December 6, 2011

December 11, 2011                 Great Expectations! Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11                  Psalm 126        1 Thes. 5:16-24          John 1:6-8, 19-28 “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens, author who in his writing on Christmas, The Christmas Carol and others, did more to save Christmas from a neglected, little observed celebration than any […]

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