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What does the word “terror” really mean today?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Let me begin this post by doing what I specifically instruct my students not to do at the beginning of a paper: give a dictionary...

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Something New, and Hope: Third Sunday of Advent

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Lectionary | 0 comments

Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 Luke 1:26-50, 53-54 I Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28   I was a bit of troublemaker in junior high...

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Culture, “News” and the Unmentionable

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

What is unmentionable in a society tells you a lot about the moral character of a society. During the Second World War, British...

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Who is the protagonist of your life?—33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Lectionary | 0 comments

When I was a kid I used to imagine that there was an omniscient author somewhere narrating the events in my life in an enormous novel. I...

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Chosen Identity vs. Identity as Chosen—29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Lectionary | 2 comments

Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Psalm 96 I Thessalonians 1:1-5 Matthew 22:15-21 One of the greatest challenges I have encountered teaching American...

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