Thomas McGreevy

The First Sleepiness

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“It was his last moment of fear. When he had recovered his breath and his control, he sat and thought about meeting death with dignity.  However, the idea did not come to him in exactly this manner. His idea was that he had been acting like a fool. He had been running around like a chicken with its head cut off. He was certain to freeze in his present circumstances, and he should accept it calmly. With this newfound peace of mind came the first sleepiness. A good idea, he…read more

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Make Us Feel

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How do you know if you have something to say? Are you someone who feels?  Do you feel any tension,… disappointment,… angst,… longing,… fear?  Do you feel the distance between the life you’ve always wanted to live and the life you find yourself living?  There are other people who feel it too. We’re not looking for a formal presentation, or a report on the facts.  We could hardly handle any more information.  We know it can’t be easily fixed.  We know how messy it is. What we’re looking for is…read more

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The Clothing is Optional

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Most of us have heard the story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen.  There has been a surprising amount of commentary on the meaning of the tale.  To be honest, the fine details of the story escape me, but somewhere deep down I identify with the emperor. For me, the two weavers who make the clothes for the emperor represent all the books you’ve read and the many perspectives you’ve considered in your continuing education.  They are filled with promises and clear lines of demarcation between the…read more

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Reminder Within

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“The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   There is something deep and powerful in the message of MLK that speaks directly to us all. There is something in each of us that identifies with the struggle he spoke so eloquently about. Not that we could ever really claim to understand what countless God-created human beings…read more

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Waiting for Death or Deliverance

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“When once a man is launched on such an adventure as this, he must bid farewell to hopes and fears, otherwise death or deliverance will both come too late to save his honor and his reason.” – C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair … this life is such an adventure. Our hopes and fears are almost always based on a hypothetical future state.  They exist in us because we speculate about what will be.  They have a way of holding us in a passive position while we wait for their consummation…read more

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Tension

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Do you feel that… that tension… as you try with all of your might to make your life fit into that little box you’ve been crouching in for all these years?  Your world view is nice and tidy.  You’ve finally gotten most of it worked out in your head and you’ve managed to stick fairly close to it.  But it doesn’t fit.  It won’t fit.  Something in you knows that it could blow apart at any minute… the box, your life, all of it… and then what.  Would that be the end of…read more

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Choose Your Destiny

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The experiences leading up to your glorious end, should you be so privileged, will all appear to have been aligned and building toward it.  The experiences leading to your demise, if you are counted among the many, will all appear to have been pointing in that direction.  So, greatness or destitution; it is a choice that you will make, and in the end it will seem to everyone else as if it were your destiny.

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Go All The Way

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“Don’t know where we’re coming from or where we’re going to.  Can I go all the way with you? ” – John Prine Sexual undertones notwithstanding… This is what life is all about, going all the way, with other people and with God.  That is the whole question in life, will you go all the way.  Will you go all the way with some of the people around you and will you go all the way with God?  That is the question that you have to answer with your life….read more

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Dig for Hidden Treasure

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“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” – Michelangelo We were designed in the image of our creator to be creators.  Our cursed state may have you thinking that we are expected to create something out of nothing.  The futility and failure that we know all too well seems to confirm it, but that is not the deepest truth. The truth is, our part is more discovery than it is invention.  Our act of creation is primarily…read more

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A Way Out

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At some point in our lives every one of us comes to the realization that we live in a kind of dungeon.  We awaken in a dark, damp, cold chamber feeling like we cannot bear to stay there for a moment longer.  Over time we realize that there are a number of passageways leading out.  We follow one, and then another, and another.  We realize that these lead to other chambers, some more insufferable than the one we started in.  More passageways, more chambers and it begins to dawn on…read more

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