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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.

The Wisdom of One Day at a Time

The experience of living our life doesn’t arrive all at once: it greets us day by day. With the descent of each setting sun, we are able to rest our heads and let the world take care of itself for … Continue reading

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The Thing About Pain

Many of the people I coach during the week are going through their lives aware of significant pain that underlies everything that isn’t going right in their situation. For many, this awareness of pain has been with them for so … Continue reading

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The Other “F” Word

There’s a word we use all too often that is one we should probably never use: failure. The concept of failure puts forward a very simplistic way of thinking that allows for only two possibilities: failure or success. It is … Continue reading

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WE Are the Light

We are all spiritual beings having a human experience, which is another way of saying that the light is within us always. Psalm 36, in speaking directly to God, says: “for with You is the fountain of life; in Your … Continue reading

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A Modest Candle in the Dark

In the closing days of 2018 it’s good to review where we are, how the events of the past year have shaped us, and where we are heading as we approach 2019. For some it’s been a year of great … Continue reading

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Anybody seen John the Baptist lately??

I’ve had the Christmas tree up since Thanksgiving, and the house is trimmed, and earlier this week David and I actually went to the mall to buy some things for gifts…so I’m just about ready to consider getting into the holiday spirit…and … Continue reading

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Beneath the Hubbub

Way back in 1992, on Christmas Day, I learned an important lesson in regard to overcoming holiday stresses.  I’ve already written about this event, but to summarize, I had had a house fire earlier that year and although I was … Continue reading

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