Recent Submissions

  • Likeability 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    We generally like to be around others whom we experience as liking us. We are forced by their friendship to discover and accept that in us which they accept and enjoy.|The opposite is true as well. We avoid those whom ...
  • How-to and Why-to 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    If you go wandering through a substantial bookstore, one with lots of shelves, you will soon come upon the 'how-to-do-it' department. Carpentry, plumbing, electric, finances, cooking, knitting, computering, and weight-loss ...
  • Will Power 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Horse power is a funny kind of name for trucks and cars by which to be measured. Imagine three hundred and fifty horses underneath the hood? One time in my high-school physics class my buddy, Joe, who was on the swimming ...
  • Going Places 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Shakespeare wrote about how all of life is a stage. I had two major acting positions in my brief career. I was the First Witch in Macbeth, and ended my stage career by playing the female lead in an original musical we young ...
  • The Good and the Perfect 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    In his book, " What's Wrong with the World ", G. K. Chesterton wrote an easily misunderstood, yet oft quoted puzzler. "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." That reminds me of a similar statement, "Only the mediocre ...
  • The "Glory" 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    The other day a friend of mine generously flew me in his little four-passenger plane out to South Dakota to visit our Jesuit mission on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It was a sunny day going out and on the way back we were ...
  • Small Steps 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    This Saturday we will have our "stepping" or "grad"uation ceremonies here at Creighton University. In the past months students have been trying to make absolutely sure that their next steps will be sure to end in a sure-winner ...
  • Be-living 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    During a question and answer session after a recent retreat presentation, a fellow asked me the difference between faith and believing. Faith in one sense is a virtue, but it is also an orientation or a set of teachings. ...
  • Names 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    C. S. Lewis wrote, "The most emphatic noise is the one you are trying not to listen to." Dripping faucets, ticking clocks, crying babies during sermons, unless the sermon is boring, and such audio distractions can become ...
  • A New G.P.S. 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    When we are lost in our journeys, we are most noticing, most sense- abled. We look for signs, some indications of where we are in terms of where we would like to be. Global Positioning Systems are taking away the experience ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Rain of God 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    If, or better said, when, I have a problem with my computer, I call our Help Desk here at Creighton University and they fix it quite quickly and well. I counted eleven different radio and television programs which deal ...
  • 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 ...

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