Psalm 35

The psalmist relies upon God to help him against enemies.  The latter are described in graphic pictures.  They are dangerous warriors, cunning hunters, roaring beasts.  They lie, slander, devour, tyrannize. The psalmist reacts:  “Make their way slippery and dark.”  “Let them fall into the pit they...

Prayer: It’s Just Like Weightlifting

This past weekend, I competed in the World Kettlebell Lifting Championships for the second straight year, and with a few days to absorb the experience, I realized something: I could be pretty good at praying if I trained for it the way I trained for kettlebells. I then thought of running the Chicago Marathon...

Interruption after Interruption

“This place would be OK if it weren’t for the kids” is sometimes the weary battle cry of the beleaguered school maintenance person. Or think of the receptionist who wishes the phone would stop ringing, or the retail sales person who hopes no customers show up so they can straighten things up. And then...

The Franciscan Coat of Arms

If you go to any of our Franciscan friaries, churches, or convents, you will almost always find the Franciscan Coat of Arms hanging on a wall or visible over a doorway. This holds true around the world as well as through the centuries. The Franciscan Coat of Arms often consists of a cross with two arms...

Withdrawal: The Cold Turkey Kind

  For ten years or so, I’ve taken 600 mg of antidepressants every day—a lot of medication. But with wise advice from my doctor, I’m now down to a 75 mg daily dose, having come off 300 mg of the total cold turkey just two weeks ago. I’m starting to feel better, but weaning myself off these meds...

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