Category Archives: Short Reflections

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

A very short and possibly overly personal reflection on the topic of the Uniform Series text (Genesis 17:1-14) for Sunday, September 10, which was also the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: It was difficult. It was difficult to do the … Continue reading

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The main conclusion from our class this morning, in considering Acts 9:10-19, was that Ananias was a significant influence on Saul [Paul], through his embodiment of the characteristics that any of us ought to strive to embody as Christians: trust … Continue reading

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Philosophy as Mosquito Net

I ran across a long-lost philosophy the other day. “How can I keep from hating people?” asked a friend of mine. She was talking about people who have lots of power and who use it to hurt people. On purpose. … Continue reading

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On Being One of Them

Late last night, I sent the email to the student who had hoped to change the grade in the class that was over in June. No, there is no good way to do this, I finally said. No, I can’t. … Continue reading

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A Really Impressive Creation Story

We spent the past week or so being tourists in and around the Wisconsin Dells. The name “Dells” comes from a French word, dalles, that means “narrows.” It refers to the place where the Wisconsin River more or less squeezes … Continue reading

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Two Poems by Christina Rossetti

This morning, fourteenth Sunday in ordinary time, the breeze, as I was sitting on the balcony of the hotel where we are staying for vacation, and noticing the rustling in the tall grass that architecturally landscapes the view so as … Continue reading

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Thoughts on a definition of idolatry

Something caught my attention in Guthrie’s definition of idolatry as “giving absolute loyalty to something that is only a creature rather than the Creator.”1 It occurred to me that the definition provides a good opening for arguing that the practices … Continue reading

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