It Itches When I Scratch

I sat across the table from my six year old Jonah, and because it is that time of the year, when bugs comes out and live up to their name, he was scratching his arm intensely. “Hey Dad,” he said laughing as his nails made some progress with his arm, “it only really itches when […]

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Where God Lives

There is something poetic we think about banishing God from our lives. Like spoiled children who little understand real justice or mercy, we pretend that our modern conception of things is at the very least right, since He rejected us first from the Garden where all good things grew. And while it is true to […]

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Looking at Death

One of the problems with our perishability is that it forces us to look in a particular direction. In many ways we are like an ancient sailor always with one eye to the edge of the ocean, whose mind cannot fully take in the beauty of the night sky without worrying about falling off of […]

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When You Just Can’t Raise the Dead

Having worked at my computer for what seemed like many hours, I came upstairs expecting a breather. What I heard though could have easily taken my breath away. “She’s dead,” my little five year old Jonah told me with much seriousness, “but don’t worry, she’ll come back again.” Standing over his little sister (who did […]

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Creation and Separation

As the people of God, we are used to trying to imitate our Lord in all things. We strive to love as He loves; we try to teach as He teaches; to live where He lives and so much more. For the most part this is good and even required, but when it comes to […]

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Confession and a Holy Life

After much reflection, we have at my house decided to put up a fence, you know, to keep the right things out and the right things in. And because I live in the cold north, good building practice insists that I dig holes for the posts no less than three feet deep. Over the first […]

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Look Beyond the Happy Talk

“Grandpa’s got a boo-boo,” little 3 year old Sophia said as she saw him approaching. “No,” I replied, he’s had that scar for years.” “Nope,” she countered full of smiles,“it’s still a boo-boo.” You know she’s right. Sometimes we treat our wounds as if they don’t exist because they happened a long time ago, but […]

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Here’s When a Husband Should Die

The problem with man is that he always prefers to die at the end of his life, as if this was somehow the way God had intended it to be from the beginning. But the beginning of man, like yours and mine, necessitated that he die when that great abomination known as death was nowhere […]

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Zombies Don’t Need Jesus

Nothing is more penitential than wearing another man’s glasses, but the discomfort is all the worse when what we see is not what we expect it to be. Take the zombie for instance. The fright of this fictional creature is in the fact that we have before our eyes a human body with no human […]

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Catholics Don’t Like to Argue

It is not that today’s Catholic does not like to argue, it is that he rarely ever decides to argue like a Catholic. And this is strange, for when he discusses sport he almost always wears the hat of a coach or athlete, and when he discusses politics it is almost always as if he […]

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