Learning Peace the Hard Way

Listen to Audio A friend of mine and I are exchanging emails about spiritual growth. She recently shared with me a paraphrase of something Bishop Desmond Tutu once said. We are like light bulbs. God is like electricity. Light bulbs illuminate their surroundings. That is to say, they shed light when they are connected to…

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Exorcising Violence

Looking back on it now, the 1973 movie “The Exorcist” is laughably cheesy. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you probably know the story. A demon possesses a twelve-year-old girl named Regan. Under demonic control Regan spews pea green projectile vomit on a priest, turns her head 180 degrees, levitates, and does unseemly things…

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Violence, Love, and Peace

A homily preached at the Requiem Mass for the victims of Orlando. Pulse is a nightclub. People go to nightclubs to dance, to have some laughs, to meet people. Pulse also served as a haven of acceptance for the LGBT community. LGBT rights have come a long way since Stonewall: the riots in Greenwich Village…

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Ugly Love

Listen to Audio Cheryl Strayed used to write an advice column at The Rumpus called “Dear Sugar.” Her readers knew her simply as Sugar. Those who wrote to Sugar usually identified themselves with aliases. Sometimes the alias was a single letter like “M.” Other pseudonyms expressed the challenge, the heartache, or the chaos about which…

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Until Morning

Listen to Audio Much of my childhood and all of my teen years were spent living in my grandparents’ home with my mother. They had all immigrated to the United States from Austria in the early 1950’s. First my mom came over. Her mother and father followed a couple of years later. They all spoke…

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