Posts By: Randy Roche, SJ

Please

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When we make pleas of any kind, we are usually under duress and often filled with concerns for ourselves arising from our neediness. When we say “please” in making a request, the focus moves beyond us, and takes into account our relationship with the persons we are asking, no matter how little or well we… Read more »

Selfies

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Many people use small digital cameras to take pictures of themselves or also with other people, or with backgrounds, so that they can readily share their recent experiences with friends, family members and colleagues. Selfies are candid, informal photographs, not carefully arranged portraits, so their significance is not derived from the art of photographic composition,… Read more »

Peach Pie

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Many food items can be frozen so that they will be available at any time of year. But freezing does not preserve some food as well as it does others. Fresh peaches and fresh peach pies are far better tasting than peach-based products that are made to last for a long time. Though we might… Read more »

Lost and Found

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Stories abound of characters in very difficult circumstances who say: “I’m lost!” Such an exclamation conveys intense pain, confusion, or hopelessness, deriving its power from the feelings of a person who is literally lost, and is in the fearful situation of having little or no control over his or her safe arrival home. While some… Read more »

Need to Know

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In government or businesses where secrecy is an issue, certain information is only made available to a restricted number of persons who need to know, in order to meet their responsibilities. In our relationship with God, secrecy is completely irrelevant and altogether unnecessary. We need to know everything that will enable us to accomplish our… Read more »

Push Back

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When children play, if one pushes, the other pushes back, according to their version of playground justice. In airports, a push-back is the first movement of a plane from the passenger terminal toward the runway. In spirituality, Ignatius of Loyola identifies pushing back as an appropriate response to fear, which relates directly with the first… Read more »

Hopeful

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Hopeful persons are not necessarily full of hope, but they have an orientation towards life, and all that is life-giving. Most of us, if we stop to consider for a moment, are hopeful, no matter how often we are distressed by continual outpourings of “bad news” in the media. The opposite stance, that of leaning… Read more »

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. Some do not readily associate this pleasing association of spring with the liturgical season of Lent. But the root of the word “Lent” means spring, with… 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 »