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JAMES BEHRENS: Through Mary, God made weakness the point of entry into life

We strive to build things that last, that endure through all the times and seasons that can sustain, or ravage, life.. No small part of factoring in a stable structure -- be that structure one of stone, or of flesh and spirit, such as a marriage -- is its foundation

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JAMES BEHRENS: Death compels us to knit a living web of hope for each other

In the last parish where I served, right before I came here, there were a lot of funerals. We had about 90 or so every year. I thought it interesting that the number did not vary that much from year to year. The pastor took a share of them. Roughly

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JAMES BEHRENS: God is there, even when we make a wrong turn

I was once asked to bless a brand new car. It belonged to a young girl and it was her first car, a present from her parents.. She pulled into the parking lot, parked in front of the rectory front door. I got my little blessing book and holy water

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JAMES BEHRENS: Seeds offer a window into the mystery of God

Big problems seemingly require big solutions. History has witnessed the growth of problems and their accompanying solutions. The times in which we live offer some very telling examples. Global warming, lasting peace, a cessation of violence, the elimination of poverty on a global scale -- these and more seem to

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JAMES BEHRENS: Seeds offer a window into the mystery of God

Big problems seemingly require big solutions. History has witnessed the growth of problems and their accompanying solutions. The times in which we live offer some very telling examples. Global warming, lasting peace, a cessation of violence, the elimination of poverty on a global scale -- these and more seem to

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JAMES BEHRENS: God is training us to open doors, turn keys, turn hearts

The lock on the door to this room where I write has been problematic for a long time. When I stick the key into the lock, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.. On good days, it works smoothly. On bad days, I have to wrestle with the key, turning

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