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The Virtue of Tolerance

The Virtue of Tolerance

We have all had our moments when we are tempted “to call down heavens fire” if someone acts in a way that we don’t approve of, or doesn’t meet our standards of behavior.  We can be very critical.  Should someone dare to undermine our agenda or become an obstacle to...
Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

The title of Adam McHugh’s book says it all: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction.  McHugh, an ordained minister and spiritual director writes about the state of listening in our society and how we need to get better at it: “We speak volumes, but we...
The Level Ground

The Level Ground

In Mathew’s Gospel Jesus goes up on a hillside to preach the Sermon on the Mount.  In Luke’s account Jesus comes down the mountain to preach the sermon on the plain. A small detail but an important one as it gives us an insight into the kind of relationship that...
Some Things Can’t Be Borrowed

Some Things Can’t Be Borrowed

The Gospel reading reminds us that there are some things that cannot be obtained at the last minute.  A student will not be able to pass a test if he or she waits until the day of the test to study the material. A person who needs a specific skill for a task will not...

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