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Reflection: 5th Sunday of Easter

  Acts 14:21-27; Rev. 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a,34-35   The first reading tells us that Paul and Barnabas went throughout the Mediterranean World proclaiming the Good News of Jesus rising from the dead. The Good News that Paul and Barnabas spoke … Continue reading

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Judgment v. Love

In Chicago, the murder rate is rising. In the thirty years that Brothers and Sisters of Love has been facing violence on the streets of Chicago I am amazed at how much Chicago has changed. Then I visit a victim’s … 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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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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Elbert O’ Neal

When most people think of the history of the Brothers and Sisters of Love, they think of the days of Brother Bill standing in between warring gangs in the Cabrini-Green projects, unafraid and untouched by the bullets whizzing by.  Or … Continue reading

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Love v. Fear

The air was oddly still as Brother Jim and I approached 53rd and Hoyne that Friday night. We had heard of two gang members who had been killed in a retaliation shooting the previous day, and we were looking for … Continue reading

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(In)Action.

“I wasn’t feeling well.” “I overslept.” “I thought it was a different day.” “I lost the number to call the office.” No doubt, Brother Jim and I are used to excuses.  Our friends have a tendency to become paralyzed by … Continue reading

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Loving the “Lost Cause”

He approaches us every Wednesday as we walk. The encounter begins with some form of harassment aimed at Brother Jim: throwing a football at his back, tugging at his denim habit, or asking repeated questions, perhaps. The projected toughness of … Continue reading

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Christmas Gifts

The anticipation is finally over. That box below the tree that you shook for weeks has been revealed. Your living room has been destroyed with torn wrapping paper and the men in your life, young and old, have all disappeared … Continue reading

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