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Football Losses Hurt More

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March 9, 2013

Our friend, Neil Hernandez, the writer of the Chicago Public League Sports Blog, has some thoughts on high school competition. “Are all losses taken with the same amount of pain?” he asks. It depends he says. But he points to losses in high school football as being especially stinging.   Read Neil’s post
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On Piety

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February 7, 2013

When most think of the word “piety,” they imagine it to be a synonym for “humility” or “meekness.” This is not the case, though, when it comes to Christian piety. Christian piety as we know it is marked not by an avoidance of attention, but instead by extreme attention: to inner character, to personal...
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Faith is a Form of Communion Between God and Man

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February 3, 2013

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, was both an renown biblical scholar and a compelling activist and leader in the Civil Right’s movement. His spirituality had legs to it. He has a series of linked thoughts on faith and prayer in one of the prayerbooks used for corporate worship in the conservative branch of Judaism. I...
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It Already Happened!

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January 31, 2013

There’s an interesting meme going around Facebook these days. I actually took quite a break from Facebook the past week and a half, not checking it much other than to post a here and there update of travel or information. But there’s this interesting meme that I’ve seen being posted, especially on the walls...
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Talk to Children About Sandy Hook

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January 8, 2013

All those affected by today’s tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut – victims, witnesses, first responders and our nation – are in the prayers of the faculty and staff at St. Benedict Preparatory School.  For all of us – educators, parents and students – schools are safe havens and sacred...
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Days Grow Longer, The Nights Shorter

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January 7, 2013
Days Grow Longer, The Nights Shorter

I spent the last two weeks at school mostly responding to student ecology journals, from 3rd to 7th Grade. They are a revelation. They are also a potent way to evaluate our kids’ understanding, and the effectiveness of our (my) teaching. The lengthened school day has provided an additional weekly hour for ecology for...
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Almost 15% of Our Neighbors Face Hunger

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December 28, 2012

At about this time last year, our church began answering God’s call to reach out and serve our hungry neighbors in Lincoln Square. Over the past year a small group of us from Church have met weekly, and often daily, to come up with a plan on how we can best reach out to...
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A church, a neighborhood, and a city continually made new

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December 28, 2012

“A church, a neighborhood, and a city continually made new by the grace of Christ.” This is Lincoln Square Presbyterian Church’s vision. When our church was planted in the fall of 2009 it was with the guiding question, “How can we love and serve this place and these people?” We have been thankful for...
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The Bell Tolled 26 Times

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December 22, 2012

Dear Friends, This morning at 8:30 (9:30 EST) I tolled our church bell 26 times to remember the children and teachers slain in Newtown, CT. By the time I pulled on the rope to toll the bell the eighth time I was overwhelmed by the enormity of that community’s loss. It took me two...
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Quigley Calls For Courage to Face Gun Lobby (vid)

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December 21, 2012

Today’s NRA press conference only reiterates why we need to say enough is enough. We will examine our culture of violence, we will certainly discuss mental illness, but we can no longer ignore the need for commonsense gun control reform.
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