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In her book, Dead Man Walking, Helen Prejean describes her feelings as she watches her first execution. Everything inside her is sick and confused. She knows that what is about to happen, the taking of this man's life, whatever his crime, is wrong and yet she can appreciate the feelings of those who are about to take that life.
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Nothing in my youth remains as clear in my mind and as formative of my soul as is the summer when I was 14. For any boy, that's an awkward age, even at the best of times. For me, that summer was not the best of times.
Daniel Berrigan once suggested that monks have secrets worth knowing. This I learned, first-hand, last year when I spent 10 days on retreat with a Trappist community in Oregon.
One characteristic of divine revelation is that it often breaks through where you least expect. Grace invariably catches you unaware, a surprise. Frequently too the surprise is not a pleasant one for God shines brightly in our humiliations, unafraid to be embarrassed in this world.