Recent Submissions

  • 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 ...
  • Adverbs and Adprayers 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Does the following writing sound to you "very good" or "very well"?|What is the difference between "good" and "very good"? You might say that the difference is intensity and higher quality when using "very". The two ...
  • Cloudy Skies 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    When I was a younger Jesuit, during evening meals, which were endured in silence, a five-minute reading from the Martyrology began the meal. This book recalled the deaths, in some rather vivid description of the men and ...
  • Lights Off 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    I have a friend who is gravitationally challenged, that is he's God's little acre. He figures that according to Einstein's theory, energy results from MC squared, so that the more the mass the more the energy. He is ...
  • 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 ...
  • Thanksliving 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    The first five years of my Jesuit life we celebrated the Eucharist very early in the morning in a chapel just down the corridor from the refectory and its adjoining kitchen. Mass lasted thirty minutes and the next fifteen ...
  • Entitlements 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    It is raining outside as I sit down to write this morning. The grass, flowers, fields and trees depend on water for life. They don't know their dependencies. They are somehow entitled to all they get. The animals, even the ...
  • High Standards 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    When my older sister and my younger brother and I were literally growing up, every now and again my mother would back each of us into a particular door jam and make a pencil line showing how much taller we were than the ...
  • What's for Lunch? 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    More than several times I have been late for lunch in our community's dining room. Upon meeting several of my Jesuit brothers out in the hall, I have asked them "What's for lunch?" Their spontaneous answer is that they ...
  • The Big L-Word 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Most of the famous Ten Commandments are easier to understand than practice. Once I learned what it meant to "covet" the last two of them became more interesting. My brothers and sisters and I certainly kept holy the Lord's ...
  • 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 ...
  • Who Am I? 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    Let me throw something at you. "Jection" is not really a word; it needs some help such as a preposition to precede it. "Sub" "pro", "de","re", and "ob", all assist to form definite meanings. Subjection is literally to ...
  • Stop, Listen and Listen 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Here's something I've been observing and pondering. Conversation is either a context or a contest. Recent sociological studies came up with the number of words we use in whatever a normal day is. Sixteen thousand words ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Temptations 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    Recently I was invited to one of those breakfast places that are explicitly designed to attract the weak-willed sugarholic such as myself. Immediately inside the front door, on both sides, are counters of caloric invitations. ...
  • Consumerism 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Every month a statistic is published about how many durable goods have been produced that month. Other statistics indicate how many new houses have been constructed as well as how many tons of imported and exported goods ...
  • Listen for the Ducks 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    Meeting people is only the beginning of relating with them. Many meetings are literally, 'bumping into them"'. Like billiard balls, we bump, glance and then roll away to meet others bouncingly. I have met personally with ...

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