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What's That, Fr. Matt?

Remember that time?

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This photo is the actual scene of “the crime.”  I tripped over my wine glass that I stupidly placed beside the edge of my friend's pool.  It shattered and fell right into the water.  The unthinkable had happened.  AND they were having a party that...

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The Real Thing

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I saw the guy holding a half ripped-open plastic package, and eating a squishy “croissant” shaped piece of bread as he walked down the sidewalk. I wondered, “Does he know he can get an actual croissant, freshly made this morning by a man who grew up in France, by just walking...

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Paprika Eggs

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Hot, smoked paprika from Spain goes really really well with soft scrambled eggs sautéed in some melted butter.  It’s one of my breakfast specialties, and we usually serve it to overnight guests.  Trust me: it’s pretty delicious. While it helps to have fresh...

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The Pear Cake

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Was it the pear’s perfectly softened texture? Was it the gooey combination of a brown sugar coating and the warm, walnut cake underneath?  Or was it the sweet gorgonzola cheese ice cream, bringing another layer of deliciousness? Maybe the candied walnuts sprinkled on top -- giving the...

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The Dog Walker

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So there’s a professional dog walker in our neighborhood.  I’ve passed her hundreds of times, always giving her a friendly smile or a nod of recognition or even saying a quiet “hello,” as she walks by my building with her pack of dogs.   Blank face. ...

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Transported

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Ever had a smell transport you? I poured a little “winter forest” dishwashing soap into the sponge to clean up the dishes after breakfast — and WOW.  It’s like my brain did this time travel off to an idyllic winter next to a wood-burning fireplace, where everything...

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The Snowflake

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It was so small, I almost didn’t see it.  A tiny white speck landed on my jeans as I sat in the park.  The guy sitting next to me on the park bench said, “Is that snow?” Indeed it was just a light flurry of snow that disappeared as soon as it fell on the ground of...

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Leaning Back

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There’s just something about leaning backwards over a cliff  …  When rapelling for the very first time, all your instincts say, “DO NOT DO THIS!” But the more you lean back, the more you’re able to see how well the rope really can hold you up...

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Sleep in Heavenly Peace

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After all your merriment and celebrations, may you and your loved ones enjoy some rest and peace! Ella and I will be back in January with more meditations and devotions. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  

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Creating and Connecting

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A friend of mine recently told me how she had returned to pottery.  As her hands worked with the clay, she felt connected to her best self and to God when she was creating these beautiful works of art.  She also described a sense of contentment that had come about in her life...

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