On First Name Terms with God

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. I find it strange that my friends and colleagues have begun to call me by my...

Who Me? Angry?

I’ll never forget my response a few years back during a conversation with my spiritual director.  He said “You’re mad as heck about something and I don’t know what it is.”  Excuse me?  Anger?  Me??? I’m the mild-mannered one, the one who laughs things off.  I’m not angry—or am I? Those...

Psalm 37

This psalm is sometimes called a wisdom psalm. It is not a prayer, but contains advice and reflections. As we read it today, we might think of the words as coming from a teacher instructing students. First is a warning about evildoers, a warning that continues throughout the psalm. Such people may seem to be...

Cinch By the Inch

“It’s a cinch by the inch, but hard by the yard” is a maxim I repeat often. When something feels too big for me, I remind myself that I don’t have to tackle it all at once. Breaking it down into smaller pieces makes it more manageable—and less overwhelming. As a college student, I parceled each...

Samuel’s Season

This is Samuel’s season. On January 13, Monday of the second week of the year, the church began reading First Samuel at its daily liturgies. With the exception of the Sundays and the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul all the first readings at weekday Masses until the end of January are taken from First...

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