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Spiritual Exercises – Week 2, 3


Long overdue reflections on my experience of the Spiritual Exercises – Week 2 and 3: Sin and its consequences. These two weeks were difficult, meditating and contemplating on the subject of sin and its consequences. And it looks like another difficult week might be coming up. Fr. Broom went over the sins of David – lust, and violence. How its…

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Spiritual Exercises – Week 1


This week has been an eternity and yet it has flown by. Getting up at 4 a.m. to do my holy hour has been both horrible and wonderful. Horrible – need I say why? Wonderful – I feel awe at the insights I receive in practicing the exercises. As I discover a new order for the disorder that is my…

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The Devil Waits Outside the Church


The Devil Waits Outside the Church She arrived during the homily. Walking right up to the statue of Mary Help of Christians, crowned with May flowers and lovingly arranged her small spray in the Virgin’s arms. She genuflected, then crossed to the altar and prostrated herself, before proceeding to sit on the other side. I recognized her from 6:30 am…

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La Santisima Trinidad, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico


Blanketed in the first snow of the season, La Santisima Trinidad radiates hope to the surrounding community of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. Built in 1834, the historic church stands as a monument to the families who originally settled the area. That the Catholic faith thrived during a period when there were very few priests available to serve the faithful in the rural southwest,…

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