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September 17, 2006

Yesterday marked the 11th annual Nun’s Beach Community Day and Surf Invitational in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Nun’s Beach is located in front of Villa Maria, the Immaculata IHM‘s convent. I had the privilege of staying at Villa Maria for a long weekend. The sisters that live at Villa Maria told me about the Surf Invitational on the beach. They seem to enjoy the fact that surfers use the stretch of beach and surf in front of their convent.

September 15, 2006

As mentioned in earlier posts, I’m reading Kenneth Brigg’s book Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church’s Betrayal of American Nuns. Here are a few more of my reflections …

September 12, 2006

While surfing around the Internet I came across the mini series “Body & Soul” which was shown on Public Television Stations in 1993.

September 11, 2006

A prayer for today — often called the “Deer’s Cry” and “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate.”

September 6, 2006

My blog provider WordPress.com has this nifty little feature that allows me to see what kind of hits I get from search engines. I think it is my favorite feature. Today I was looking at it and found that the search term “how to get out of being a nun”. I don’t know who entered that the search term or why, but I’ve got to say: I feel your pain.

September 5, 2006

The New York Times has another article that features a sister. “Devoted Fan Pursues Higher Calling” (September 4, 2006) by Jack Curry is about Sister Marian, a Dominican Sister of Hawthorn, New York. In the article, Curry talks about Sister Marian’s great love of Braves baseball which developed when she worked at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. The home is just blocks away from...

September 4, 2006

I’m still thinking about how to respond to people on the streets who are homeless and/or beg for money. I’d like to believe that everyone out there found a dry place to stay overnight. Last night I kept thinking about what I could do. I feel like there’s not much I can do … the situation of poverty and homelessness is a huge social problem. Yet, when I’m walking and run into someone asking for spare change, I am face to face with a fellow human being, not some abstract “social problem.” The very cliche phrase “What would Jesus do?”...

September 3, 2006

One of my biggest struggles is how to respond to people on the street who ask for money. These folks are usually at the traffic light when I exit the highway or hanging out on my street block. I run into people asking for money near bus and train stations and just about everywhere downtown. I’ve lived in a number of big cities and (sadly) I’ve gotten used to seeing homeless people and people begging for money. At one level I am horrified by the abject poverty I see. At another level (I am ashamed to say) I don’t know what to do so I walk right by.

September 1, 2006

In the article “Being Catherine Keener” (August 27, 2006), New York Times writer Lynn Hirschberg interviews actor Catherine Keener, who played Harper Lee in Capote and co-starred in The 40-Year-Old-Virgin.

August 30, 2006

Scientists have speculated that there is a “God spot” or “God module” — basically a spiritual center of the brain — this study suggests that multiple parts of the brain are at work during a religious experience. This corresponds well with Catholic theology which has long taught that it is the whole person — body, soul, and mind — who encounters the Living God, not just some isolated part of our being.