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Locating Identity

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by John Grinvalds My grandfather, Vitauts, was exiled from Europe once the shadow of World War II had lifted. He met my late grandmother in a refugee camp. And when he got the chance to pursue a career in America, he had a difficult…

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Thirsty Jesus

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by Jenna Olson Popp Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them…

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Death’s Power

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by Jenna Olson Popp “Jesus has overcome the power of death. God has conquered death through death, finding victory over the grave. We are to fear death no more.” We’ve all heard something like these words before, often after the resurrection. Jesus has died,…

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Around the Table

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by Kellie Lisi Davis Food is an intimate topic. Our experience with food is tied to our earliest memories, our most precious memories, or perhaps our hardest memories. We watch the food shows on Netflix (Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat being my personal latest favorite)…

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Looking for Hope in the Past

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by Jenna Olson Popp I love bookstores. Walking into Barnes and Noble is one of the most calming and promising experiences, knowing that there’s thousands of pages waiting to be read and stories dying to be shared. I never walk into B&N with a…

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Beautiful Boy: A Story of God

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by Jenna Olson Popp I recently watched the movie Beautiful Boy on a flight home. Based on true stories, it chronicles the experience of a father walking alongside his son as he fights his years-long addiction to meth. Both the son (Nic Sheff) and…

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Laud & Fare

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by Jason Davis, LC Seminarian Intern As a seminarian, I do a lot of reflection. So much so that I tend to generate gobs and gobs of paperwork full of said thoughts, feelings, and analysis. These writings are sent off to my seminary and…

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Measuring Success

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by Jenna Olson Popp I recently finished reading Tattoos on the Heart by Father Greg Boyle, a priest in Los Angeles who works with “homies” (i.e. gang members) to get them out of the strong pull of gangs, prison, and conflict, and guide them…

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