“I CAN’T SIN—I NEVER EVEN LEAVE THE HOUSE!”—An Examination of Conscience for Seniors

“I don’t need to go to confession!” said the elderly woman. “I never even leave the house! How could I ever commit any sins?”Those who knew her best and who loved her anyway glanced skyward, sighed audibly, then checked just to see whether everyone was catching this hubris. Sure enough, half a dozen eyerolls confirmed what we all knew only too well: that this declaration of sanctity was coming from someone who was too quick to criticize, to manipulate, to judge.Most seniors—in fact, most … [Read more...]

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LORD, MAKE ME A BANYAN TREE

We lost a mighty tree in our front yard this winter.  It was an ash, and yes, it was already dead—defeated by Michigan’s pernicious emerald ash borer.   When it toppled during a windstorm, it brought down the electrical wires, snapping a wooden pole, pulling the meter off our house and taking out the cable and internet in one fell swoop.  The weight of the massive trunk wrestled the roots from the damp earth, and 80 feet of bark and bole and branch sprawled across the lawn.Looking at the snar … [Read more...]

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If God Filled You Up, It Might Feel Like This

I've written before about the work of Andrew McNabb.  Andrew and I are friends, and we've shared our hearts--on Facebook and in person.  Once, when I was in Portland, Maine on business, Andrew and I sat and chatted in a coffee shop near his home.  And in December 2010, I wrote about my sheer delight with the stories in The Body of This, McNabb's first published work.Now, Divine Providence Press has released a combination text, Eight Days & Virtue.  Sort of a two-fer, the book includes Vir … [Read more...]

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