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A Letter from Your Uncle

A Letter from Your Uncle

My Dear Nephew, I hope this letter finds you well. I’m enjoying my retirement. Gardening has become very therapeutic. Congratulations on your recent success! Being elected into such a noble office is a great accomplishment. Now that you are entering into the halls of power, I have a few reflections to offer. I believe they will assist you in the noble task of subjugating the population. I hope you find them useful. I offer them to you with my deepest…

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On Apathy and Compassion

On Apathy and Compassion

When I was 17 years old, I became the primary caregiver for my dying mother. She had emphysema. Eventually a lung collapsed and she was hospitalized. Only then did she quit smoking. After school and on weekends, I’d cook meals. I also did the grocery shopping and tried to clean (my mom was a mild hoarder, so my attempts at cleaning usually failed). Every once in a while, we’d get the call that there was a potential donor match for…

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A Litany of Lament

A Litany of Lament

We thank you, O God, for the good things we enjoy in our lives. But lament that our abundance has brought destitution to sisters and brothers throughout the earth. We thank you, O God, for the justice proclaimed by your Son Jesus Christ. But we remember that our world is mired in oppression and violence. We thank you, O God, for the liberty that is ours by the Holy Spirit. But we confess that we are easily enslaved by petty…

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A Litany of Resistance

A Litany of Resistance

O Holy Spirit, who at the beginning of creation moved over the face of the waters, Create us anew with your life-giving power. O Holy Spirit, who inspired the prophets of old to speak boldly to a stiff-necked generation Empower us to speak prophetically in our day. O Holy Spirit, who came as a dove at the Baptism of Jesus, Strengthen us as the Baptized in our life in the world. O Holy Spirit, who led Jesus into the wilderness…

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Plastic Jesus

Plastic Jesus

Entombed in plastic My lord speaks Brought low by thrifty men His dangerous words forgotten Divinity branded His glory exchanged for a bar code Cosmic Creator constrained With a tiny TM The Lion of Judah Pushed into a cage The Lamb of God Sacrificed at the altar of good taste The voice of the prophet Silenced for profit As affluence pours Not to the poor But to the affluent In a sad twist Jesus sold at the table Of the…

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