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“It’s Like Being Punched in the Stomach”

Click on “An Incredible Legacy” to watch “It’s Like Being Punched in the Stomach” An Incredible Legacy Standing in the kitchen, I heard Paul say, “Even though you know it’s coming, it’s like being punched in the stomach.” Paul’s Mom had died three days before on Valentine’s Day. This video excerpt from my homily Sunday highlights the
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How is your Haal this Valentine’s Day?

How is your haal (the transient state of one’s heart) this Valentine’s Day? Does anyone remember the “Reach out and touch” televised ads of the 70s and 80s? Each presented a different scenario: a homesick college student; families relishing new friends they met on vacation…a women stops short when she hears her friend say, “Stop
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On the Way to a Beloved Community. Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.

Still moving toward your vision of a ‘Beloved Community.’ Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.! When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared his vision of a ‘Beloved Community,’ he said, “This will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” Let’s take a step back and reflect
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Love Your Scars

Really? Love your scars? It took years to overcome my own resistance and begin to see the depth of my scars. In my experience, we need to “see” before we are able to “love” our scars.  Let me begin by saying, “It’s way easier to ignore your scars.” At least that’s how it feels to those of us
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What My Appendix Disintegrating Taught Me About Institutionalized Religion

I heard the surgeon said, “When we opened you up, your appendix was disintegrating!” Learn what my appendix disintegrating taught me about institutionalized religion. I had not planned on spending the final five days of 2015 in a hospital following emergency surgery. Certainly had not anticipated the abscesses that resulted from the disintegration. I’m grateful! Sure, the
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Close Our Borders or Open This Door

Last Friday afternoon, I donned a head scarf and joined the congregation at a local mosque for Jumu’ah prayer.  I open the door with the small red sign that read “Sisters’ Entrance,” and was greeted by a giggling, joy-filled, barefooted, wide-eyed three-year-old child. I took off my shoes, placed them on the rack, and followed her into the women’s section of
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Spotlight

I saw the movie Spotlight this past weekend. The setting is Boston in 2001. The new editor of the Boston Globe, Marty Baron, assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against a priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Their research reveals a culture of silence, secrecy, and judgment that shakes Boston and
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What We See Colors Our Worldview

It was 2004 after my initial journey to West Africa that I was first exposed to Janet McKenzie’s multicultural art. It took me being a minority to feel the cognitive dissonance and realize how prevalent and out of place European art was in churches I visited in Ghana and Nigeria. Here’s the thing. It only bothered me after I
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Where Did the Wise Men Come From?

Do you remember the wise men, sometimes referred to as astrologers, magi, or kings? Two thousand years ago, this group of learned, distinguished foreigners visited Jesus and brought valuable gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They followed a star and when they arrived, they were welcomed! Where did they come from? Probably present day Iraq,
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Empty Nest?

We look forward to our children going away to school or moving out on their own. An enormous amount of time and effort is focused on the process. We feel proud, relieved, excited… and acutely aware that their energy no longer fills our home. People refer to us as “Empty Nesters.” How strange! Like any life transition, it feels
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Can We Talk?

Dear Pope Francis: Can we talk?                Even if the door is closed?                                                      What is our best next step?        
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Father Knows Best or Modern Family?

No longer content to watch reruns of Father Knows Best, we freely create community as Modern Family. Father Knows Best? debuted on radio in 1949. In those days of audio entertainment, the title of the show ended with a question mark, suggesting that a father’s role as family leader and arbiter was dubious. In 1954,
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Who Called the COP?

My nephew is a policeman. He is not the COP I’m asking about. For purposes of this post, COP translates as Coach, Officiant, and Priest. Three examples of ordinary people Who Called the COP: Lori did. She’s in her fifties, lives in Virginia, and retired after a successful career in corporate sales and marketing. Since starting a consulting business, Lori partners with
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What Is the Difference Between Empty and Empathy?

“A” and “H” When combined, the letters create the word “Ah.” Merrriam-Webster defines “Ah” as an interjection “used to express delight, relief, regret, or contempt.” I associate the phrase “Ah” with awareness, spaciousness, freedom to breathe. Let’s circle back to “Empty” and “Empathy.” Wonder if there’s a cause and effect relationship between emptying and feeling empathy?
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Comfortable Being Still?

If, like me, you are one of those people: Whose mind operates quickly and intensely; Who loves and is energized by people; Who finds yourself easily distracted; and Who seeks more balance in your life, I invite you to reflect on the question, “How comfortable are you with being still?” Imagine yourself lying on a
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Half Empty? Half Full?

How do you look at the world? Yesterday I was downloading video into i-Movie when the onscreen message said there’s not enough space left to store the file. “Really?” I thought. I checked the capacity and discovered more than half the space on my hard drive was movie files. Yikes! I had less than 1
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How’s Your Vision?

What happened the last time you had your vision checked? Were you staring at a chart with a large “E” followed by lines of letters of decreasing size? The standard eye test, developed in the late 1800s, uses the Snellen chart, named for its inventor, the Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen. It was designed to find out if a child
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Peek-A-Boo

It’s a game that engages and entertains babies and teaches them about their world. Played all over the world, Peek-A-Boo bridges language and cultural barriers. We play it as children. We play it as adults…with children eight months and older. One player hides his or her face, pops back into view of the other, and says, “Peek-A-Boo!
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Wholehearted Growth

Wholehearted Growth from Kathleen Gibbons Schuck on Vimeo. “Guideposts” for Wholehearted Living* Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbness and Powerlessness Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting
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