It just takes a spark

     I ran as fast as I could to the bottom. When I got there, she was breathing hard, shaking and holding on to her handlebars. But she was still upright on her bike. “Boo,” I said, “you look scared.” “Oh, very much so,” she replied. “But you made it!” “I did!” “Tell me about …

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Goals, Reviewed

     Looking back before looking forward is a good practice. Where did I put my energies last year? What turned out to BE my priorities (not just what I CLAIMED they were going to be)? It’s relatively easy to determine priorities, by the way: look at what you spent money on, where did most of …

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You Belong

As a parish priest or pastoral counselor, one of the saddest things I heard people say was that they don’t belong. They felt so utterly unconnected to others and from the world around them they would often talk about not fitting in, like they don’t matter, no one would miss them if they were not …

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Cape-less Hero

My grandmother was 4’11” tall. She weighed 95 pounds; if she was wearing a hat. She was a little bitty thing. However, no one would have considered her weak or fragile. Nor would anyone have considered her incompetent, incapable, or unintelligent. She was just the opposite: very competent in a number of areas, quite capable …

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Now what…?

From Little League to the Majors, it’s fun to watch the winning team celebrate their victory. Guys pile on each other. They hug one another. Some come flying in from the outfield to land on top of everyone else. They roll around on the ground. There is a lot of laughing, some tears of joy, lots …

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“It’s Not Fair!”

     Think of how many times when you were growing up you cried out “it’s not fair!” It was a cry of a kid experiencing something as unjust, the forces of the universe arrayed against you to make your life unpleasant. Having to come inside after playing all day with friends. Suffering through a family …

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