Recent Submissions

  • Centering 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    I visited recently a family whose backyard was a snow-covered steep hill. A path had been molded so that a flat plastic sled could be sat in for a quite thrilling plunge for persons of any age and any degree of trust. I ...
  • Indulgences and Annoyances 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    During the recent Christmas-holiday time, I experienced several minor indiscretions in the various areas of cookie containers, cake plates, candy boxes, and even the much-maligned fruitcake tin. They were minor, because I ...
  • Old and New 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    The old this is now the new that. This seems to apply mainly to bodily age and probably is true with increased health aids and physical exercise. When applied to bodily attractiveness there might be something new as well. ...
  • Hands and Faces 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    A natural physical response to making a mistake or in other ways looking foolish or humiliated is to cover our countenance with our hands. This would literally be a "face-saving" device. Shame is losing face or in some way ...
  • Where's the There 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    We had a bit of snow today and I trudged across our campus with my new boots, crunching new paths for later-ones to travel safely. Snow measured three inches. It did cause me an admiring reflection about Robert Peary's ...
  • Statistics Class 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    It is normal to want to know how we're doing. We often ask people in greeting just how they are doing. They normally do not give you anything but a standard flat answer of being "pretty good" or "could do better", or a ...
  • Surprises and Interruptions 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    I love slight distinctions and shades of difference. A surprise is quite different from an interruption. It takes humility to be surprised and an agenda to be interrupted. My family, five years ago arranged for my giving ...
  • Happy New Ear 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    Because we wish completion, wholeness and perfection, when we come to an end of something rather important we can experience a kind of sadness. These days everything has a syndrome. Termination syndrome can swoop upon us ...
  • Being Noble 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    In the history of the human experience of being governed the most usual form has been Royal Dominion, which is a king or queen having sway over their subjects. Nobility was the form, but not always the substance including ...
  • The Depths 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Several times each summer, my brother and I go out sailing on his two-person boat which has one sail and several leaky wounds. We are hearty mates and as we are preparing for the lift off or embarkation, or push-away, ...
  • Our Real Name 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    If you were to live absolutely alone, I mean if nobody else was ever around, things in your living-space would not need to have names. You would not have to explain what that thingamajig was, because you would know it by ...
  • Daydreaming 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    Often during the homily at the parish where I am privileged to celebrate the Eucharistic liturgy, I stop in the middle of a sentence, just stop. I then ask the congregation to reflect on the topic about which they had been ...
  • Polishing Up 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    My mother had a tea set of silver resting in a shallow silver plate with frilly tooling around the edge. Each Saturday morning we had to use a gritty Silver Dust polish to get rid of the unshininess which just seemed to ...
  • Forty-Love 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    There is the ongoing discussion about how art imitates life or whether art exposes to the living what life is or can be. The different forms of art's beauty are how it extends, as far as is possible, the strengths of the ...
  • A Happy Time 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    "Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream." This is the opening line of a little ditty which forms what is called a "Round". I assume we all learned how to sing more loudly than any others who were involved in this ...
  • Momentus Moments 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    "Fonly is perhaps a new word for an old, but familiar, regret". We have "fonly" moments when we wish we had skillfully ended an argument with a well-placed comment or reminder. Leaving that encounter you might be saying ...
  • Ebb and Flow 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    Oceans are a tremendous rolling mystery. Standing on the shore one can imagine all the creatures swimming or resting in the salty vastness. Ships, treasures, caverns, mountains and all other kinds of unknowns are hidden ...
  • Who's My Name? 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    In a class this week, speaking with first-year students, I asked a young fellow what an adjective was. He was flustered more than a little bit and replied that it was "an action", but then took that back saying "No, a verb ...
  • The Happy-Ending Society 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Each day lately I have read one fairytale from the brothers Grimm. There have been the usual more familiar stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel. There are many others less known, but almost all are violent. ...
  • Prayer-Time 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    There is an amazing chemical which doctors use to put people "under" for a short time for various procedures. They needle your arm and ask you to count backwards from one hundred. I did not make it to one hundred. When I ...

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