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The nature of HOPE in an ICU

I am a staff chaplain in a hospital with four critical care floors and a cancer unit, and naturally I spend a lot of my time on those critical care floors.  My time is spent with patients and families who … Continue reading

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In Preparation for Ash Wednesday – a Reflection

Ash Wednesday is a day that unites all Christians. Even though it isn’t a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics it has become a priority. Why is it so important to us? In New Orleans one could speculate that we … Continue reading

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Hope

WORD FOR THE DAY When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. RALPH WALDO EMERSON VISIT GRATEFULNESS.ORG

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Oh My Soul

Oh, my soul Oh, how you worry Oh, how you’re weary, from fearing you lost control This was the one thing, you didn’t see coming And no one would blame you, though If you cried in private If you tried … Continue reading

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Loss is like a tsunami

In New Orleans we are very aware of the power of great waves pushed up by hurricanes. Driving along the coast recently I was reminded of this power and how much had to be rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. The loss … Continue reading

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The grass isn’t always greener

I received a wonderful quote the other day: WORD FOR THE DAY The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass … Continue reading

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I want to fix people

I have a problem I’m just beginning to admit: I want to fix people. I want to fix people by giving them a book, loaning them a CD, reading them a scripture passage. I want to fix people because their … Continue reading

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Listening with your eyes

Today I graduated from a year of Chaplaincy Residency and four units of Clinical Pastoral Education. Yippee me! Working in a hospital with oncology patients I have witnessed such courage and grace. I have learned so much. I have learned … Continue reading

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Traces of Hope – as we approach Hurricane Katrina’s 10th Anniversary

How do I process my grief? Does suffering have any meaning? Do we live in a random chaotic universe? Is it time to re-evaluate my understanding of “God”? This book is for anyone who has suffered a loss – of … Continue reading

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The search for Self is the search for Spirituality and Meaning

In the 60’s it was popular to “go in search of yourself.” But eventually the mountaintops got crowded and people discovered that “wherever you go, there you are.” In other words, you bring your baggage with you. So people began … Continue reading

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