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Deacon’s Dismissal

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James lives in Castlebar, County Mayo, a poor and, in places, desolate part of Ireland. Half the homes are empty. James, his wife Fionna and their six children live in an old stone barracks attached to a lighthouse. They burn peat to cook and stay warm. They hike the mountains, visit neighbors, go to church…

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Words

Someone asked, “What words most changed your life?” Someone said their wedding vows; someone recalled a eulogy; someone remembered baby’s first words. Then a woman said, “We were young newlyweds, out on the town. That night, Ed had too much to drink. I begged Ed to let me drive but he wouldn’t listen. I was…

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Fifty Cents

Luke 6:30: “Give to everyone who begs from you.” Mostly I do. A man stands by the trash receptacle in front of a big box pharmacy. He asks me for fifty cents to make bus fare. It’s hot. He’s sweating. I don’t have fifty cents. I hand him a dollar and he offers me two…

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Prisoners

The Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko tells of a day in Moscow toward the end of World War II. Led by a cohort of Russian generals, there was a parade of captured German soldiers. As the prisoners approached the city, Russian citizens jeered them. The line of prisoners, some wounded, some without coats, stretched into the…

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Lottery

The man knelt in the cool dark of the church, head bowed, hands clasped, “Lord, please let me win the lottery!” For years he prayed, “Just this once! Let me win the lottery!” One night, deep in his prayer, he heard a stiffening wind. A beam high in the nave creaked then came a terrific…

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Five Dollar Prayer

I attended church with my dad only one time. My dad had a strict upbringing, no Sunday funnies until Monday, that sort of thing. He never forgot it. He let me read the funnies on Sunday and, even so, I found the church. Eventually. My Dad believed in the Five Dollar Prayer. Once, when a…

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Donation

A yellowed 1924 newspaper clipping told of a gala dinner. The wealthy citizens gathered to pledge money to build a city hospital. A few gave substantial sums but most gave modestly so the goal to build the hospital remained distant. Mr. McCabe, a dry goods proprietor, was known to be miserly and had made no…

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Saxophone

The old man stood on a windy street corner. He set the black case on the pavement, blew a few times on his hands, took out the saxophone and started in. The saxophone was dented, a patina dulled the shine … but the sound! People slowed and many stopped to listen as the music echoed…

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Driver

A soup kitchen in a church basement, a dozen cooks, pots clashing, hungry people eating a little too fast. The man sat by himself in a corner on a folding chair reading the newspaper. He didn’t eat and he didn’t wash dishes, so I asked him and he said, “See all those old folks in…

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Center Field

The old man brought his boy to Little League practice. The old man didn’t help out like the other dads, he just sat the bleachers and watched. One day the coach called over, “Hey, Gramps! How ‘bout you hit a few balls to the outfielders?” A little shaky coming off the bleacher, he took up…

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