Recent Submissions

  • Centering 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    I visited recently a family whose backyard was a snow-covered steep hill. A path had been molded so that a flat plastic sled could be sat in for a quite thrilling plunge for persons of any age and any degree of trust. I ...
  • Hands and Faces 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    A natural physical response to making a mistake or in other ways looking foolish or humiliated is to cover our countenance with our hands. This would literally be a "face-saving" device. Shame is losing face or in some way ...
  • May I Have a Menu Please? 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    The seven members of our small community had to go out to dinner recently, because the automatic dishwasher, after twenty-five years, gave up the soapy ghost. Why didn't we just wash the dinner dishes by hand? We're not ...
  • Where's the There 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    We had a bit of snow today and I trudged across our campus with my new boots, crunching new paths for later-ones to travel safely. Snow measured three inches. It did cause me an admiring reflection about Robert Peary's ...
  • Rejectionable 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Our campus here at Creighton University is safe and secured by many cameras and Public Safety personnel. Here's something I have observed in my many years at Creighton. Male students most often walk alone, unless accidentally ...
  • Shining a Light 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    I live in what is known as, "a fly-over state". Many planes a day cross over what appears to be a quite flat and uninteresting area. Some flights do land at our airports, but actually most planes could land anywhere out ...
  • Doughnuts 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    I grew up in the Polish neighborhood on the south side of Milwaukee. It was so Polish that at school I was named Larrski and my friends were Bobski, Bettski, Judski and (of all things) Kevinski. I learned many non-Irish ...
  • Being Noble 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    In the history of the human experience of being governed the most usual form has been Royal Dominion, which is a king or queen having sway over their subjects. Nobility was the form, but not always the substance including ...
  • Year of Mercy 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    The word "icon" has gotten a new dressier position in our every-day experience. Icons were restricted to religious images and iconography was the painting or production of such articles. They were often painted on screens ...
  • The Giving of Gifts 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    It seems to me at this distance of years, that every Christmas my older sister had a different boyfriend. It became a family ritual to be sure to be around when the young lad appeared sometime around the Christmas celebration ...
  • Temptations 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    Recently I was invited to one of those breakfast places that are explicitly designed to attract the weak-willed sugarholic such as myself. Immediately inside the front door, on both sides, are counters of caloric invitations. ...
  • Sending Forth 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    In many cases, parting is a true sorrow and in other cases there is a sweetness. I noticed something recently about which I have smiled often. Leaving can be quite a lengthy sorrow, because of how much time it takes to ...
  • Munch Munch 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    I have decided to not eat anything today until this Glimpse is finished. No, it is not shortly after midnight. I am hungry and so this might be shorter than usual. I would advise the reader to experience a little not-eating ...
  • Between a Rock 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    Perhaps you have visited Mount Rushmore near Rapid City, South Dakota. Carved upon a granite shield are four faces of former presidents of the United States. It is named after a New York attorney who while touring the area, ...
  • Who's In? 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    Do kids, now-a-days choose up baseball sides as we did, long ago? The boys in my neighborhood would circle around and one would take a bat, hold it vertically and toss it that way to the fellow representing the other side ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ring, Ding, Buzz or Song 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    I am pretty up there in years I guess, because I remember using a phone that had a little crank-ringer on its side to get the operator's attention. Then I would give her the number I wanted her to plug me into. She might ...
  • Secret Prayers 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    In my Gramma O'Connor's house there was a dark basement which had a room within a room. If we were judged to be naughty, bad, terrible, incorrigible (take your pick according to the transgression), we were threatened to ...
  • 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 ...

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