Recent Submissions

  • Caramel Corn 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    In our small community lives a dog, usually quite hungry and constantly searching for satisfaction. We pour his tasty, (only to him) food marbles into his dish twice a day. At the evening feeding, we drop in just a few ...
  • A Deafening Noise 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    I am not a musicologist and actually I do not know what that is really.|How does a D-minor differ from a D-seventh? I do know a few finger shiftings on a guitar. I figured one thing out though. The note which begins a ...
  • Listen to the Echos 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Of all things, the duck's "quack-quack" is, for some reason, the only sound that doesn't echo. We have all probably listened to children listening to their own voices bouncing back to their delight. Doing this persistently ...
  • God's Living Room 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    I was displeased more than somewhat recently when two separate persons revealed to me their disappointment at their displeasing God! They really did believe that they made God sad by their actions. Their actions may have ...
  • Gratititude 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    There was an elderly gentleman in our neighborhood who possessed a Cadillac. He would polish it, check the brightness of the whitewall tires and pat it like a beloved puppy while circling it with affection. The amazing ...
  • It's On! 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    I attended a speech recently and the presenter, several times, failed to clear his throat from some congestion and kept talking. I noticed I felt myself clearing my throat and I heard several throats being cleared in ...
  • Farm Stand 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    "Are we there yet?" is an ancient complaint/question most parents have endured more than a few times. Eventually, in my family of origin, there were six potential complainers. Each August all eight of us headed to northern ...
  • Amazing! 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    We tend to be incredulous believers about most things. I counted twenty-four different statements a person can make upon hearing some fact or about some happening. "No way!" "No kidding?" "Incredible!" "Who said?" "For ...
  • Making Waves 2 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    There is the catchy statement, "Keep your eye on the prize." I guess everybody has a prize up ahead. Here at Creighton University the prize might be grades, guys/girls, graduation, grad-school, getting out of school all ...
  • Corny 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    An elderly Jesuit Brother related to me about his arriving from Ireland in New York City. He was met by his sister who gave him a key to her apartment with directions. She told him that dinner was waiting including fresh ...
  • Identity Crises 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    My younger brother's daughter was doing her research for her Doctorate degree. Her subject area was and is the rehabilitation of the brain after trauma to one or other areas of the brain. As part of that study she invited ...
  • Tapping Faith 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    This present college generation is not familiar with the things of the past, of my past at least. I mentioned in class recently that the Creighton brothers, whose money helped begin our university, made their money in ...
  • Spring 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Spring has made a dramatic entrance on to our Creighton-campus stage recently. Buds, birds and un-bundled students are appearing for what they all do best, showing up and showing off.|I was walking along our central mall ...
  • Working Away 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    There is a polite form for casually greeting people. I say "Hello" and you might say, "How are you?" I would say "Fine" and you would say something in response such as "That's good". As a different kind of person, when ...
  • Know Thyself 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    A few weeks ago I was offering a presentation at a Catholic parish and at the end of one of the evenings a woman asked, "How do you know when you know yourself?" Now that did stop me in my verbal tracks. So I stopped her ...
  • Interruptions and Invitations 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    Everything about which I am going to relate to you is absolutely true, without varnish, garnish or exaggerations. Picture this please. I have just finished passing through the security check machine at the local airport. ...
  • What's in a Word? 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    I phoned recently an office here on campus and asked for a certain person. I was told that he was in the middle of a conference. I asked when did the conference begin and was told that the receptionist didn't know. I ...
  • Measuring Up 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Did you ever wonder if you were a good sharpener of pencils or reader of thermometers? Probably not. There is a measurement in the field of statistics known as "Standard deviations". I did not do very well in that course, ...
  • 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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