Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Lenten Visit

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The Gawler family came to Walton at just the right time this month. Bad news has been the regular currency for our town most of this year. The school budget was slashed again. The economic plight has only seemed to deepen over the winter with more store windows boarded over on Walton’s main street. And… Read more »

IVC and Me

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When I first heard about the IVC, it was in 2002 in the context of Pastoral Formation Institute, a diocesan school for lay people on Long Island, NY. One of the IVC members was traveling a great distance to a school in Brooklyn, and she wanted to know if there were any service opportunities closer… Read more »

The God of Christmas is the God of Lent

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“Know that I am with you and will keep you, wherever you go” (Gen 28:15) “Even if I sin?” “Especially then.” The conversation (related with permission) between Our Lord and a retreatant of several years ago plays in my ears through the days of Lent like the refrain of a song. We have barely come… Read more »

We are an immigrant nation

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I wish the people who grumble that immigrants should be “required” to learn English could sit in on one of my ESL classes at Cabrini Immigrant Services in Manhattan. It’s a daytime class, so the students are mostly senior citizens and mothers of schoolchildren. This year, they’re all Chinese, but at various times in the… Read more »

God is the Electricity

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For the past year and a half, my wife and I have been assigned to work in a shelter for homeless, pregnant young women. And one thing we have discovered is that there are no easy answers, there are no simple explanations, and judgments and labels are meaningless. In the past month, this discovery has… Read more »