Posts By: Randy Roche, SJ

Spring

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Most of us associate the season of spring with fresh growth in plants, and the period of time that follows winter when the days grow apparently longer and brighter in the northern hemisphere. Some do not readily associate this pleasing association of spring with the liturgical season of Lent. But the root meaning of the… Read more »

Hail!

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Most of us are familiar with the very beginnings of the Christmas story when the messenger of God greeted Mary: “Hail, full of grace!” It was a very special occasion, and perhaps “Hail” is the best English word to communicate that the conversation following the greeting is unique in all of history. But, if we… Read more »

What or Who?

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Parents teach their children to say “thank you” when people give them a material gift, treat them with kindness, or provide them with some kind of service. But children also might receive the impression that some of the good things of life come to us from a vague and detached source when they hear adults… Read more »

Transformers

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Fantasy “transformers” are usually robots or other creatures that make radical shape-changing and other drastic modifications from one form into another. The most common real-life transformers are those that take very high-voltage electricity and change it to the level that is usable in our homes and places of work. We are not likely to think… Read more »

Non-Stop

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Airline flights between the Hawaiian Islands and the U.S. mainland are non-stop; there are no fueling places along the way, and the planes cannot land in the water. The Kolea, a golden plover, flies non-stop from Hawai’i to Alaska for the summer, and makes a return flight in the fall; a land-bird, it is incapable… Read more »

G.O.F.

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In this age of acronyms and abbreviations, I hereby offer a set of initials that carries no patent, is not described in Wikipedia, is not explained away in Urban Legends and will not be found in any dictionary: G.O.F. for Gift of Faith. We do not need to think about breathing, but we inhale and… Read more »

Trees

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Trees continually grow. When they stop growing, they die. Like trees, we also grow, as long as we live. We do not increase in height; we certainly do not put out additional appendages, such as arms or legs, but even physically our bodies continually grow new cells that replace old ones. But, as embodied spirits,… Read more »

Honesty

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We can say of most of the people we know that they are honest. Depending upon the context, we expect that those we trust will say what they mean and will act justly. We value honesty in others. How important is honesty as a quality in our own lives, in its various meanings and levels?… Read more »

Give Up

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When children wrestle, and one gains a hold on the other, the question might be asked, “Do you give up?” The one being held has to decide whether or not to continue struggling. During Lent, some people choose to “give up” something, in the sense of refraining from a practice, such as constant use of… Read more »

Year of Faith

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What thoughts and images arise at the words, “Year of Faith?” Information can easily be found on the web, but if we engage in a reflective and imaginative exercise, especially if we choose to be open to the movements of inspiration, we might very well find some pleasing and even surprising possibilities. To think of… Read more »