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Sunday, June 23, 2019

What A Life

  • In dealing with additions, we have to look at the “whys” behind the problem

    When we deal with addictions like the present drug problem, we usually explore what the addicts are using and how they got started using their preferred drug. We often look at the source of the drugs and try to find ways to prevent its spread and how can we warn potential users of its dangers. What we rarely discuss is the “why.”Why do people turn to drugs in the first place?Dr.

  • The gospels encourage us to approach Jesus with faith, trust and confidence.

    Matthew, Mark and Luke all have the story of Jesus working a miracle within a miracle in their gospels. Mark gives us a few more details in his account about Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead and the hemorrhage woman who touched his garment.Jairus was an official of the synagogue. You would think that an official of the synagogue would be hostile to Jesus.

  • Christ has given us power to heal others but we also need to be healed

    You may have heard the expression coined by Father Henri Nouwen that we are all “wounded healers.”As followers of Christ, we have been given the command and the power to bring healing into the lives of others by being present or by helping them in some way. However, we must never forget that we are also in need of healing.The fact that we are all healers and in need of healing is a life-long “balancing act.” Sometimes, one of these realities may appear stronger than the o...

  • Spend less time worrying about Trump and focus on how he was elected

    The following is a summary of an interview with conservative military analyst Andrew Bacevich aired on National Public Radio on August 14, 2017. He says people should spend less time worrying about President Trump and more time thinking about how and why he was elected.Trump is not the cause “but the consequence” of the political climate in the U.S.“Racism pre-exists the Trump administration. We had horrific manifestations of hatred when President Obama was in the White House.

  • Three items I have found while cleaning my cluttered office

    I was recently trying to clean my office from all the “stuff” that I had accumulated. I came across of number of items I would like to share with you.The first was a holy card picturing Jesus, Mary and Joseph fleeing from Herod’s bloodthirsty edict to kill baby Jesus. Under the picture was “A Prayer For Refugees.” It made me think.

  • Abbot Aelred writes about the spiritual friendship of David and Jonathan

     Abbot Aelred (1109-1167) was the abbot of the English Cistercian abbey of Rievaulz from 1147-1167.During his abbacy he built Rievaulx into a place of spiritual welcome and physical prosperity, wanting to make it a “mother of mercy” to those in need.In a three-book dialogue, Aelred defines human friendship as sacramental, beginning with creation, as God sought to place his own love of society in all his creatures, then linking friends to Christ in this life and culminating in fr...

  • We should look at a new and less expensive way of administering justice

    Louisiana has had some success in improving our system for punishing criminals. We have moved from incarcerating the most prisoners per 100,000, to the second to last place. Our state was known as the “world’s prison capital.” We thank Oklahoma for helping us move up a notch.However, we still have a long way to go.

  • Serious evils will triumph if good men and women do nothing to stop them

    I started this article before President Trump reversed his stance and signed the executive order ending the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border. Two-thirds of Americans have condemned the practice and practically every religious leader has called this policy “immoral.”I am still sending this to the press in the hope that his will never happen again.Child Psychologists described this practice as “child abuse.” These children might be ...

  • Watching and reflecting on an old movie can raise life’s deep questions

    I recently watched the movie “Rebel Without a Cause” starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. The movie hit the screens in 1955, that’s 63 years ago. I think I saw it twice when it originally came out but that was decades ago.The only thing I remember well from “way back when” were the two violent scenes.

  • Spirituality is essential for human happiness and mental health

    Dr. David N. Elkins, in an article in Psychology Today, entitled “Spirituality: It’s What’s Missing in Mental Health,” shares his own faith journey:“During my first therapy session years ago, the therapist listened to me as no one had ever listened before.

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