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Musings on Love, Death and the Song of Songs

As an apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among young men. With great delight I sat in his shade, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. – The Song of Songs 2:3 In this verse of The Song of Songs, Jesus is compared by His bride to the apple tree; the one tree that is pleasing to all the senses. The apple tree is also symbolic of the tree that Christ died upon; the tree that restored and redeemed what was lost at the apple tree in the Garden of Eden by the…

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Compassion at the Cross

For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking... Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing…

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The Mercy of Kintsugi

There is an ancient Japanese practice called kintsugi (“golden joinery”). In this cultural tradition, when a piece of pottery or dishware breaks, the broken pieces are not thrown out, but glued back together and the cracks are painted in with gold. The broken pieces are valued and the artisanal treasure becomes even more cherished than when it had been completely intact. The repaired breaks are seen as especially beautiful. Is this not the mercy of God? He does not dismiss or discard the broken pieces of our shattered hearts or the broken shards of our winding, wounding life stories. He…

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Healing the Roots of Sin

We are now two weeks into Lent 2022. How is it going for you? Honestly, it took me a while to land on the particular fast our Lord was asking of me this season. There was the obvious fast from food and other material comforts, but I sensed He was pointing me towards a more meaningful interior fast as well. I read an Instagram post where a priest called for a fast from sin and I thought, well duh, aren’t we trying to do that all the time, regardless of the Liturgical season?! The Lord stirred up the question in…

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Beauty and Intimacy with God

Brutal. The only word to describe that interchange between my spouse and me years ago. A lifetime of unexamined wounds punching hard, my tender places receiving their blows... I was in tatters, grieving past all grief. With the lens the Theology of the Body has given me, I have words for that agony: when the rocket engines of spousal union which were designed to point us to heaven are inverted, they point us to hell. Hell it was. My heart was in shreds. I finally fell off to sleep in the basement where we had escaped after supper to assure…

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Prayer for Forgiveness

“He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God.  As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” - Diary of St. Faustina, 390 Dear Jesus, during this season of Lent, please help me to have a tender and forgiving heart. In the same way that you look on me with constant love, direct me to look back to you with that same love. You are love and I want to seek and become that love, in deeply personal ways. Help me to share your eternal love and forgiveness…

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