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The Church Is a Place for Healing

I am sorry that so many of us have deeply internalized the message that we mustn’t let anyone know when we are in a place of grief or disorientation or lostness. I am especially sorry when we feel that we cannot share these things at church, that the church is not a place in which we can be physically or emotionally or spiritually wounded, that we need to be whole and healthy before we show up in God’s house.

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Mother May I (Call you Mother)?

Ryan wants me to pray for him because he is going to the hospital to have a bionic spine installed. Ryan lives at Mallon Place — a home for the mentally ill a few blocks from West Central Episcopal Mission. He has schizophrenia. He neither knows nor cares how to properly address a priest. He only cares that I pray for him.

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