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Gollum: The Embodiment of the Dangers of Addiction

Once known by the name Smeagol, Gollum is an infamous and troubled trickster seen throughout the fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Featuring a sort of Jekyll and Hyde personality split, Gollum became who he is as a result of the corruption of the On...

Memories of Sin

In the Litany of Humility taught to me by the Miles Christi order, I have always seen a paradox in asking to be granted a “continuous memory of my sins.” I’ve read commentaries on Ignatian spirituality that take various sides on this theme. Personall...

A Bag of Stones

When Pope Francis said early in his papacy who are we to judge in relation to homosexuality, he add...

Even the Toughest Stains are Removed

OxiClean in hot water is the latest stain remover that I have been using with some success. Homemak...

Remaining True to Our Vocation

A married couple, Ardith and Jerry, had many problems in their marriage, but were trying to work thi...

Everyday Dirt

One of my favorite weeks of the year right now is the residency week for a spiritual direction progr...

Sin and Repentance

In 1962 and 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that forbade praying or reading th...

Quo Vadis: Where are You Going?

 The classic 19th century novel Quo Vadis, which was later made into a movie in 1951 and again in ...

Once in a while, it is OK to Sing the Blues

Once in a while, it is OK to sing the blues. The peaks of joy and elation would not feel so high if...

The Seven Deadly Sins

Once there was a liberal clergyman who became pastor of a somewhat traditional church, and after ...

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