Sacred Encounter

I was invited to a cluster meeting of priests, religious and archdiocesan personnel in our area.  It was a gathering of the parish staffs of the Catholic churches on the south and southwest side of Chicago.  Unlike many other priest clusters, this was a younger crowd – many serving Hispanic communities. I was invited to […]

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Homecoming

When Joey Rodriguez walked into our meeting alongside his sister Cathy, I could not help but smile as tears sprang to my eyes.  For the last 35 years Joey has been incarcerated, and for 10 of those years I have been meeting with his sister Cathy monthly at our CRIIC (Community and Relatives of Illinois […]

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It was December 31st and nearly 1000 persons marched down Michigan Avenue in the cold to remember the 762 lives lost in Chicago in 2016.   Mothers/Fathers/brothers/sisters, grandmothers … crying as they searched for their loved ones cross – “my brother, that’s my baby, that’s my Mother…..”. The 800 crosses were made by Greg Zanis, a […]

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Life on the Pod

He stood there to hear the judge say that his trial will be held in February. He knew that meant another 64 days of incarceration after he had already been in the juvenile detention center for 6 months. The state is accusing Nigel of habitual crimes which, if found guilty, will result in his incarceration […]

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The First and Greatest Commandment

We were driving home after giving a talk at Dominican University and Anthony was more quiet than normal.  Usually, that means he is deep into his phone – on Facebook or some other social media app.  But no phone….head toward the passenger window of the car. “Hey, Anthony, anything the matter?” I asked. He shook […]

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Paradigm Shift

Richard Rohr, in his new book on the Trinity (The Divine Dance) says that a paradigm shift becomes necessary when the old structure, the previous paradigm, has become so full of holes and “patchwork fixes” that it no longer holds together.  It is then that a new way becomes possible. One of those paradigms which […]

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Death and Life Go On and On

It was hard getting up and facing the day. It was a holiday, and yet I felt no sense of celebration. Instead I sat for a while at our sorrowful mother shrine – our newly finished outdoor shrine in the Precious Blood Center peace garden. A small pieta rests atop flat stones with a flow […]

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Sleeping bags in the van, extra toothpaste and soap….1, 2, 3, 4 boys……11 boys – Oh, where is Alontae?  “We can’t leave without Alontae,” say the 11 waiting at the Precious Blood Center to leave on our adventure. So, we wait for our 12th young “apostle” to arrive. He eventually rounds the corner and off […]

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POSITIVE DELUSION

I was coming back to the Center after a meeting and noticed the police had a young man with hands on the hood of the police car.  That in itself isn’t out of the ordinary in our area so I might have walked on by hadn’t the young man called out my name – “Hey, […]

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WOULD YOU BELIEVE?

A group of students from Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) visited us (PBMR) last fall and sat in circle with some of our youth, visited our art gallery, listened to our stories of using circles and other practices in restoring relationships, the earth and our neighborhood.   Afterwards they returned to their University and WOULD YOU BELIEVE […]

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