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  • Working Away 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    There is a polite form for casually greeting people. I say "Hello" and you might say, "How are you?" I would say "Fine" and you would say something in response such as "That's good". As a different kind of person, when ...
  • Meet and Greet 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    I have met some rather important people. Some made me feel unimportant by their shaking my hand, but their looking toward the next person whose hand they would shake after mine. In my perversity I have held on to their ...
  • Know Thyself 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    A few weeks ago I was offering a presentation at a Catholic parish and at the end of one of the evenings a woman asked, "How do you know when you know yourself?" Now that did stop me in my verbal tracks. So I stopped her ...
  • Interruptions and Invitations 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    Everything about which I am going to relate to you is absolutely true, without varnish, garnish or exaggerations. Picture this please. I have just finished passing through the security check machine at the local airport. ...
  • Making Waves 2 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    There is the catchy statement, "Keep your eye on the prize." I guess everybody has a prize up ahead. Here at Creighton University the prize might be grades, guys/girls, graduation, grad-school, getting out of school all ...
  • What's in a Word? 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    I phoned recently an office here on campus and asked for a certain person. I was told that he was in the middle of a conference. I asked when did the conference begin and was told that the receptionist didn't know. I ...
  • Measuring Up 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Did you ever wonder if you were a good sharpener of pencils or reader of thermometers? Probably not. There is a measurement in the field of statistics known as "Standard deviations". I did not do very well in that course, ...
  • Missing Letters 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    Gee-wizz, golly-gee, gee-willakers, are quite common expressions of amazement. The letter g has a quite important place in our language, at least it used to. Place your thumb and index fingers astride your Adam 's apple ...
  • 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 ...
  • How Appropriate 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    What's in a name? I was riding in a car one day, with my grandmother and her good friend in the backseat. The car dipped into a pothole and the friend hit her head on the window and wrenched her neck. Now the story gets ...
  • Poverty of Spirit 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    A rose always tells the truth. As a shy but promising bud, as a public glorious face, as a proud, but elderly discardable memory, it always is what it is. I had a discussion the other day with a person who had admitted ...
  • Sun 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    The March-sun is creeping northward and is warming our wintered faces. At least it was the other morning while I stood facing its rising light. Now actually of course it neither rises or sets nor creeps one way or the ...
  • The Good and the Perfect 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    In his book, " What's Wrong with the World ", G. K. Chesterton wrote an easily misunderstood, yet oft quoted puzzler. "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." That reminds me of a similar statement, "Only the mediocre ...
  • Take and Give 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    When I was a young Jesuit, we would end our morning Mass at seven, followed by fifteen minutes of thanksgiving on our knees. Our chapel was just down the hall from the kitchen where breakfast was being prepared. It was ...
  • The "Glory" 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    The other day a friend of mine generously flew me in his little four-passenger plane out to South Dakota to visit our Jesuit mission on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It was a sunny day going out and on the way back we were ...
  • Taster's Choice 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014)
    I was eating an orange the other day, at least it looked like, felt like, smelled like an orange. I got to pondering whether the way an orange tasted to me would be the same as it tasted to the others at the breakfast ...
  • 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. ...
  • Praying Up 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    Many serious words are spoken in church; wedding vows, Prayers of the Faithful at mass, parental correction of children, and even some Jesuit homilies now and then. There are also many humorous announcements such as the ...
  • Likeability 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (Creighton University, Online Ministries. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    We generally like to be around others whom we experience as liking us. We are forced by their friendship to discover and accept that in us which they accept and enjoy.|The opposite is true as well. We avoid those whom ...

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