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Readings for 14 th Sunday in Ordinary Time: ZEC 9:9-10; PS 145: 1-2, 8-11, 13-14; ROM 8:9, 11-13; MT 11:25-30;

Two weeks ago

Between innings

Of a Cubs-Pirates game

At Wrigley Field,

They celebrated a Marine from Iraq --

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A local boy

Who emerged from the Cubs' dugout

Waving

To a hero's welcome

From a crowd on its feet

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Cheering

Between swigs of PBR

As if the poor kid had hit

A game-winning dinger.

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Recently retired, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)
 

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The Christian tradition provides fabulous sources ... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 5:00:04 AM
When the loudspeaker asks us to stand to National ... by Pal Palsimon on Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 5:33:05 AM
Good suggestion, Pal. However, I remember reading ... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 11:55:42 AM
Last time I was subjected to this War Hymn, in a "... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 1:33:40 PM
It happens that just this last 4th of July, at a l... by Charles Roll on Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 6:31:40 PM
Good advice. Activists should spend more time anti... by Michael David Morrissey on Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 2:08:04 AM
I dont like Paul's opposition between the Spirit a... by Paul Easton on Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 10:14:05 AM
You are probably correct, Paul, in saying that bod... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Sunday, Jul 6, 2014 at 11:52:39 AM
As I suspect many people do, upon entering old far... by Michael David Morrissey on Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 7:48:42 AM