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JAMES BEHRENS: The call of friendship leads one outside the confines of the comfortable

There must be something in the grand design of things that limits our horizons. I do not know why that is. But I know that I have fallen victim to its effects many times in my life.. Briefly put, something about us drives us to limit our range of seeing

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JAMES BEHRENS: Sometimes those who have the least are the most thankful

'Tis the season of, or for, Thanksgiving. Many of us have much for which to be thankful. And as many, if not more, have little reason to express gratitude. Or so it may seem, on the face value of things. Upon a closer look, things are not what they seem

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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: The ability to control our lives is illusory

It was a typical morning. Maybe too typical. I was determined to get some things done that seemed at the time important to me. I sat here at the computer and reached for a few letters on my desk.One letter was from Gaetan, a monk and friend of mine. He


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