Tag Archives: God

Listening to the Voices of the Streets

  We approached her home like we do every week, excited to see our friend, expecting to crack a few jokes, get a good hug, and proceed down the street. There was nothing unusual about the day, and no major … Continue reading

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A (Not So Ordinary) Day In the Life of Brothers and Sisters of Love

Walking up the street, something did not feel right. Stares felt interrogating; silence seemed heavier. We approached 54th and Laflin on a typical Wednesday walk through the Back of the Yards neighborhood and were met with an unusual dynamic. Groups … Continue reading

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Preparing Our Hearts

(Based on the Catholic Lectionary Readings for the First Sunday of Advent: Jer  33:14-16; 1 Thes. 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36)   For Advent Luke’s gospel prepares us for the trials that we will face. While Luke describes the worst that can … Continue reading

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I’ll Have Another Slice of Mercy

Thanksgiving was one of my favorite holidays growing up. I ignored the “giving thanks” part, and was focused on one thing: Preparing to eat as much food as humanly possible. Each year, I’d sit down in front of a wonderful … Continue reading

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Chicago Fun Facts Part II: Chicago Public Schools Edition

1. Chicago Public Schools have extended time…for recess. Chicago Public School teachers recently went on strike for what they deemed to be unfair contracts. Their slogan: “Our students deserve better.” One of the points of contention was the length of … Continue reading

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God is Here.

During a reflective time in college, I made the vow that I was going to go to Daily Mass in order to spend more time with God and to be fed by the Eucharist. In sharing this with my Deacon, … Continue reading

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Getting By With A Little Help From Our Friends…

Walking in the Back of the Yards had led to a few closed doors recently. Families we had attempted to find were not present, and roadblocks seemed to appear instead of grace while we were on our own. Nevertheless, strolling … Continue reading

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Looking at the Truth from Both Sides Now

Walking up to the casket, the two-month-old looked like a baby doll–a tiny frame with polished skin–that had never experienced life. The nineteen-year-old mother made her way up the aisle, leaning against the father of the child and weeping into … Continue reading

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Where Is Your Church?

During our weekly walks, Brother Jim must answer these questions repeatedly: “Where is your Church?” “When are your services?” It is very confusing for the residents of Back of the Yards to understand that Brother Jim does not have a … Continue reading

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God: Friend or Supplier?

A middle-aged woman, ridden with AIDS, looks at us with frustrated tears in her eyes. She is at her breaking point, weighed down by illness, family concerns, and has relapsed into drug use.  The former joy present in her face … Continue reading

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