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Tag: Dying

It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming – A Meditation on the Journey Up Yonder

July 7, 2011 0 Comments

Some years ago in a previous parish assignment, St. Thomas More, in Washington DC, I was accustomed to take a Friday afternoon walk to focus on my homily for Sunday. At the beginning of the walk I’d often stop by the nearby house of an elderly parishioner, Lillian, and give her communion. She was quite […]

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Abide With Me. A Hymn to Share with the Dying

June 3, 2011 14 Comments

One of the great and stately hymns of the Protestant musical heritage is “Abide With Me.” I love to play it at the organ, its rich chordal progression, and counterpoint in the pedal, create a very moving experience. The words too are a minor masterpiece that are a prayer of one approaching death with faith. […]

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It May be Friday, But Sunday’s Coming

July 30, 2010 0 Comments

Some years ago in a previous parish assignment, St. Thomas More, in Washington DC,  I was accustomed to take a Friday afternoon walk to focus on my homily for Sunday. At the beginning of the walk I’d often stop by the nearby house of an elderly parishioner, Lillian, and give her communion. She was quite […]

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On the”Beauty”of Dying

November 20, 2009 10 Comments

As a priest it has been my privilege to accompany many on their final journey as they prepare for death. Some have gone quickly others have lingered for years in nursing homes. From a pure worldly perspective death seems little less than a disaster and a cause for great sadness. But from a perspective of […]

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What Are You Longing For? What do you Want?

May 1, 2009 1 Comment

There’s an old Gospel Song that says, “I heard my mother say, ‘Give me Jesus. You may have all this world; just give me Jesus.’”  In my own life I heard people get to the mature point in their life when they could really say those words without any simulation or exaggeration. In particular I have […]

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