A Double Motive

A Homily for Pentecost             My friend Rose bakes one awesome blueberry pie.  It’s her mother-in-law’s recipe, and she follows it to the “T.”  This is, no doubt, because the pie is quite delicious, but it is also, in no small measure, because Rose has a great deal of love

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Wounds of Love

A Homily for Good Friday ”Nay!” answered the child; “but these are the wounds of Love.” –Oscar Wilde, The Selfish Giant— When I was in the seventh grade, my father noticed the peach fuzz sprouting on my upper lip and called me into the bathroom.  After handing me a razor,

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Of Vice and Men

Let both grow together until the harvest. –Matthew 13:30–             In his famous experiments of the 1960s, Yale University’s social psychologist discovered that his subjects were, in obedience to authority, surprisingly willing to administer what they thought were high voltage electric shocks to poor learners.  As a teacher who is

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Love Does Not Envy

During my twenty-four-year stay in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, I came to know a woman named Anne who, in many ways, was like a second mother to me.  Anne was full of maternal wisdom.  About her own children, she’d say, “You can give birth to ‘m, but you can’t explain ‘m.”  She

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