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Heroic Love

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On November 19, 2017
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Heroic Love My mother spent the last 15 years of her life in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer’s. I would be a liar if I said that her disease had not caused my family any suffering or that we accepted it perfectly as part of God’s mysterious will. The reality is, we all suffered […]
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Awakening

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On November 2, 2017
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Awakening I was 17 years old when I first encountered death. My grandmother died one night peacefully in her sleep at the age of 84 with a set of rosary beads next to her bed, which she most likely prayed before slipping away into eternity. A simple woman, she lived on a farm her entire […]
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Preaching – An Encounter With Weakness

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On October 16, 2017
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Preaching – An Encounter With Weakness Preaching is an essential part of Franciscan life. When St. Francis encountered the love of God in Jesus Christ his life was radically altered. Almost overnight Francis went from a man of this world to one in pursuit of the things of heaven. He traded in his fancy clothes […]
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Breathing

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On September 29, 2017
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Breathing On average, a person takes 16 breaths a minute, 960 breaths an hour and 23, 040 breaths a day. Like most people, I have spent my life oblivious to this ordinary human act, until recently. I was sitting in my backyard reading a book and closed my eyes for a few moments of reflection. […]
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The Endless Summer

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On September 16, 2017
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The Endless Summer As a kid I dreaded the month of September. The last days of August caused my mind and my body to revolt. I felt depressed, angry and frustrated. Life, as I knew it, was ending, and there was nothing I could do about it. I was unwilling to surrender; yet I was […]
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Original Desire

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On August 26, 2017
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Original Desire When I was 16 years old I wanted it all: to be athletic, intelligent, strong, attractive, genuine, funny, articulate and whole lot more. Every one of these desires demanded my full attention. They were the epitome of selfishness. Depending on the day, I would start with the one directly in front of me—in […]
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Silence: Our greatest teacher 

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On August 9, 2017
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The greatest experience I have of God is in silence. Even though, as a priest, much of my life is spent speaking about God, teaching and explaining God to others and reflecting on the mystery of God, it is silence that often times provides me with an experience of God that is unique. At night […]
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Not Enough

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On July 22, 2017
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I have this insatiable thirst for God. In the morning it is a quiet presence hovering in my heart, inviting me to rest without words or ideas. By evening it becomes a wild fire that burns and brightens with each moment. Each activity, conversation and thought only increases its vigor. The longer I live the […]
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Emptying

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On May 31, 2017
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Emptying “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Jn 3:30 I. Too often when we speak about ourselves, we define our “I” by the passing things of this world. We call this false notion of ourselves our ego. For example, it is our accomplishments, failures, hopes, roles, and dreams that we are really speaking of […]
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Praying Without Words by Danielle Knight

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On April 24, 2017
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Danielle Knight attended the first Into the deep retreat in August 2016.  She lives and works in Houston, TX.  Jesus longs for us. He is the lover and we are His beloved.  For me, understanding, believing, and accepting this reality is at the heart of praying without words. But how do we do this? It […]
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