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About frmichelrcc

I have a degree in religious studies from the University of Wisconsin, did graduate work in theology at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, and also at St. Paul's University in Ottawa. I have been a Benedictine since I first professed as an oblate in 1982, making final profession in 2009. I have worked as vocations director in a large diocese in the mid-west and am a spiritual director in the Benedictine tradition. I have 3 sons, one of whom is now in God's loving embrace in eternity, and 2 grandsons, Bradley and Jacob.

A Proper Farewell

We are preparing to leave the church building that has been our spiritual home for many years, and just like leaving any home, we will take the time to honor the time we have spent within these sacred walls. In … Continue reading

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Overcoming Life’s Challenges

It’s been a month now since I lost my second son. In some ways it’s still not real to me and there are times when the reality of his death hits me and knocks me down. There have been whole … Continue reading

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In the Divine Flow

The essence of all being is energy, and energy, as explained to us in elementary school, is neither created nor destroyed.  This suggests to me that every created thing shares in the infinite and eternal essence of God Himself.  Our … Continue reading

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Choices

Every day we make a hundred decisions, most are small and not that significant on the face of it, even though we may realize later that some of them had a deep impact on our lives. Other choices touch us … Continue reading

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The Last Breath

Last week I buried my second son, having lost him to suicide, and I find myself still struggling to believe it. Over the past year or so, as he down-spiraled into amphetamine psychosis, our exchanges became increasingly confrontational. The cause … Continue reading

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More Than One Way to Love

The ways we choose to love are as unique as the way we choose to make a living, maintain our health, or entertain ourselves. Some choose to seek out a spouse or partner enter into a shared life with a … Continue reading

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Layers of Truth

Although we humans in First World countries seem to distance ourselves more and more from the natural world, in reality we cannot help but interact with it despite our busyness. We have an innate tendency to seek and to ascribe … Continue reading

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