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ash-wednesdayTomorrow, if we choose to participate in an Ash Wednesday liturgy, we may receive a black smudge of ash on our forehead in the sign of a cross, as we hear the words,

Remember you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.

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The biblical vision of what it means to be truly human is deeply challenging.

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The New Testament offers a challenging vision of what it means to be truly human.

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After the world’s failure to address the tragic situation of Jews throughout Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s,  and the resulting atrocities Jews were forced to endure, it might be expected that world leaders would have made every possible effort to improve life for those few Jews who miraculously survived the Holocaust. Sadly, this was not the case.

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Experiencing, in Christ the healed reality of creation, makes possible the most important lesson about resilience that I have learned through the conflicts of early adolescence:

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It is impossible to know, and probably not all that helpful to speculate about, the deep mystery that makes it possible for some people to come through dark circumstances relatively intact while others navigating similar circumstances are unable to find a place of stability, health and strength. Read the rest of this entry »

I had a visit last week from a police officer from the Special Victims Unit of our local police department.

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In his extraordinary autobiographical novel Bread For The Departed, Bogdan Wojdowski tells the agonizing story of the Warsaw Ghetto seen through the eyes of David Fremde.

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David Virtue in the United States and his  Canadian equivalent David “Samizdat” are like a couple of sad lonely old men who simply cannot stop gossiping about their ex-wives.

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23 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his work.

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