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December 20, 2018

The Universe Sings: A Christmas Cantata

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I’m not sure it’s traditional to read Genesis as Christmas preparation, but this evening I paged to the front of my Bible and found what I was looking for in the first chapter of Genesis. It sounds so simple. For God, a mere commandment brought...

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November 21, 2018

Write Me As One That Loves His Fellow Men

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Recently it has been kind of dense in my head, trying to make sense – has anyone? – of the spate of violence that has beset our country. My parents were immigrant Jews, dead now for fourteen years, and I can’t begin to sort through the emotions of...

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October 17, 2018

San Óscar Romero, Saint of the People

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A native Salvadoran, Monseñor Romero lived in service to his people during the blood-soaked civil war, and he died serving Christ Jesus, literally. He was celebrating Mass, hands open in supplication at the altar, when a sharpshooter’s bullet felled...

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August 10, 2018

Hand-built Lean-tos and the Value of Volunteer Work

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The Catskill Park is woven with well-maintained hiking trails, including the Long Path and the Devil’s Path. Familiar to any veteran hiker is the lean-to, a rustic log structure at intervals along the trails. My family frequented those trails, we...

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