Tag: death

Psalm 116: God Conquers Death

 March 19, 2020

During Lent many people come up with self-imposed sacrifices, giving up chocolate, cheese, alcohol, adding fasting and penance. Myself, I may give up something but I usually wait to see what sacrifice God is going to give me each Lent. What God sends us is always more meaningful than the ones we come up with. […]

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Psalm 90: Ending Like a Sigh

 September 18, 2019

“Our years come to an end like a sigh,” Psalm 90 tells us (9b). Will your life end like a sigh? A single breath let loose as a final “Amen” to a life well-lived? Or will you burn out quickly, like a candle burning at both ends? Paul speaks of this life as a race […]

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Psalm 80: Eating the Bread of Tears

 July 9, 2019

Our psalm for last week of bargaining with God, gives way to depression this week with Psalm 80, the fourth stage of Kubler-Ross’ stages of dying. The Israelites are so sad that their daily bread is made up of tears, as well as their drinking water. “You have fed them with the bread of tears, […]

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Psalm 49: Who is the Prudent One

 December 3, 2018

Who is the prudent one? What does it mean to be prudent? Psalm 49 gives us a clue. In canon law studies, the question was always, what would the prudent man do? To be prudent, according to Webster, is to be shrewd in management of practical affairs, to be cautious, discreet, judicious, foresighted, sensible and […]

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What is Comfort Care? End of Life Decisions

 April 18, 2018

This week Barbara Bush valiantly decided to forego active treatment and only receive comfort care during her last days. With this choice she has brought end of life decisions to the forefront of the public eye. As a chaplain at a retirement community for twelve years and teaching death and dying courses, talking about such […]

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Roller Coaster Ride

 May 1, 2017

Easter – Season of New Life Highs and lows, speed up, slow down, sharp turns, throw-up. I’m not a fan of roller coaster rides. I’ve only been on a small one and that was enough. I don’t like being jerked around, spun up and down, high and low. It’s too much like life! I have […]

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Walking with Families through Grief – Available in Print format

 April 12, 2017

We grieve because we have loved. It is a gift, one we don’t want, yet a gift nonetheless. Think of the alternative – to go through life without allowing ourselves to love others because of the pain involved when we lose them. Not an alternative many chose. My book, Walking with Families through Grief, helps you unwrap […]

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When Death Comes . . .

 April 10, 2017

Death, it comes to all of us, yet how we resist it. We want to put off the inevitable as long as we can. Jesus in his dying, taught us so much about living. In all of his suffering, he didn’t forget to think of others, to comfort the women who were grieving. He made […]

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There are many Types of Graduations

 March 3, 2017

Season of Change – Lent Graduating from kindergarten, from high school, from college. Climbing the career ladder. Moving into marriage, parenthood, grandparenthood. Dying. The final graduation. The final change. Will I be ready? I have considered the task which God has appointed for men to be busied about. He has made everything appropriate to its […]

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The Promise of Life Eternal

 January 12, 2017

Little sparrow, you’ve come to play on my window sill. Despite the cold, dead look of winter, life goes on. Perky sparrow, your chirps and darting flight remind me of this. Life hides under the snow, deep in the frozen earth. Life goes on, even when my loved ones have died and left me. Life […]

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