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Good to Catch

Contagion is certainly nothing new. In 19 places in the biblical book of Leviticus, we can read about such things as how to eliminate contagion from clothing and even from walls. Clearly, from ancient times, people have worried about uncleanliness and diseases and how to combat them.   Psalm 91 offers assurance ...
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Tags and Labels

Have you ever noticed someone’s shirt tag sticking out at the back of their collar? As long as I know the person, I will probably tell them or help them tuck the label back inside.   I got to thinking about those tags and labels that tell us sizes, brand names, ...
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Prayer: The Healing Power

Good and gracious God, your Son’s teaching on forgiveness is hard to put into practice. Yet forgiveness brings us peace and harmony not only within ourselves but also with others and with you, our Creator. Enable us to let go of our painful memories and to experience the healing power of forgiveness that you continue to offer us. May ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Book of Sirach (Chapter 27:30-28:7) “Forgive your neighbor’s injustices; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord? Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself, can he seek pardon for his own sins? If ...
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Lost and Found

It is repulsive to imagine what it was like to be an African man or woman crammed into the hold of a dirty, smelly slave ship en route to being sold in the marketplace to work on a plantation in Cartagena in the 1600s. Hungry, sick, abused, and disrespected—those poor ...
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In the early days of the COVID pandemic, I watched a newscast in which an emergency-room nurse who was on a brief break burst into singing the familiar hymn, “Amazing Grace.” It struck me that, in the midst of the flurry and fluster, this nurse found her voice in a ...
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