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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.

Changing Roles

I once attended a presentation by Deepak Chopra that changed my life in two important ways. First, I became convinced that life really does continue after death, basing my belief not only on faith but also on quantum physics.  Second, … Continue reading

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Dogs Get the Crumbs

(reflection on Mark 7:24-31) She knows all the reasons she shouldn’t be doing this; she knows the obstacles, she knows she’s stepping over some well-established boundaries. She knows Jesus is trying to fly low under the radar because, after all, … Continue reading

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Where Are Those $%@!!! Christians??

Today’s Gospel reading, the end of John chapter 6, is about two things we all despise, and they’re both related to rejection.  We hate being rejected ourselves when someone we love or trust decides to set us out with the weekly … Continue reading

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Truth Without Shame

Jesus tells us that He is the “truth” and I suspect most of us haven’t really thought about what that means in a practical sense.  As a kid, I assumed He meant the church I was being raised in was … Continue reading

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Showing Up For Class

I’m so grateful to have taught some amazing students over my 15 year career and although I’m thrilled to be retired from teaching, I miss interacting with students and becoming a part of their lives. The reality is, however, that … Continue reading

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It’s a DISEASE! For real…

The following is an article I’ve been working on for my recoverees at the halfway houses I visit every week as well as the SMART Recovery meeting I host at the church. As one who resisted using the disease label … Continue reading

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Check the Mirror, Baby…

Today’s second reading is from James, which reminds me of how much Martin Luther despised this particular book of the Bible! He had nothing good to say about it, calling it an “epistle of straw” in his introduction to the … Continue reading

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