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Don’s Column

Pentecost

PENTECOST “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1) There is something terribly wrong in America at this moment, and we all know it. Whether one calls it tribalism, or the fraying of our social fabric, or the rise in distrust of institutions and of one another, […]

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Listening

The wonderful early morning weather we have recently enjoyed has prompted me to share a favorite column from June 2014. Surrounded by the pitch-black night that descends in the hour before dawn, I try to still my body except for the slow, rhythmic movement of my diaphragm. This, without a doubt, is my favorite time […]

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Spending Time with Saints

I’ve been spending time lately in the garden where our church’s columbarium is located. This is partly because it is one of the nicest landscapes in our city. The trees, flowers, and fountain make it a beautiful and serene place in which to pray and meditate. But in this Easter season, I have also been […]

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Today

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118: 24) It is the same wheat field that caught my eye when I drove by twenty-four hours earlier. It has been a good year, rain coming at all the right times. The wheat is thick and […]

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The Resurrected Life

Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices. –St. Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582) I was sitting with my mother at Medical Center Plano when the oncologist came back with the report from a recent […]

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Symbols

I am starting to learn what the ashes are for. What the bread and cup are for. The water. The cross, draped and undraped. The butterfly, the rainbow. These rich symbols, ancient and concrete, tactile and visual. We have just passed through the season that most abundantly places these symbols in front of us. Ash […]

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Holy Week

It has been many years since I stood in the old city of Jerusalem, but today’s warm spring weather has somehow prompted a flood of memories. Jerusalem is, for the most part, extraordinarily modern. Walking through its streets is not much different than touring an American city. Its nightlife and tourist amenities are first-rate. But […]

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Harbinger

Harbinger: “Something that foreshadows a future event; something that gives an anticipatory sign of what is to come.” (Merriam Webster online) Over the last few days, the canopies of our ornamental pear trees in north Texas have exploded with white blossoms. Driving through my town of Plano is visually stimulating because we now have thousands […]

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Sight

He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?” And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid […]

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Countercultural

  Whenever I’m asked for my driver’s license, I go to some effort to point out that the state of Texas always makes me look like a hung-over felon. I am not known for taking a “good picture” under any circumstances, but the cameras used in those county offices are somehow programmed to bring out […]

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