Living in Gratitude

Jan 31, 2022

Living in Gratitude   Gratitude, to me, is the very fundamental aspect of our love of God. Our appreciation for our lives here on this beautiful planet, our families, the friendships that have sustained us over our lifetimes, our work, our leisure interests, our challenges and blessings, forms the underlying support for our love of […]

Love

Jan 24, 2022

It was Jesus who showed us how to treat other people, neighbors and strangers. It was Jesus who offered healing to the people He met. It was Jesus who confronted those in power who were serving only themselves. It was Jesus who taught what the Old Testament scriptures and the commandments meant. He loved the […]

Being a Christian

Jan 17, 2022

We are called to know God from our depths, not just from our church’s teachings and the Bible, but to have such a relationship with the Indwelling Spirit of God that we know His voice—that “still, small voice” of 1 Kings 19:12. We are to follow His suggestions: we lay all that would stand between […]

The Artistry of God

Jan 10, 2022

  This fall I became enamored with clouds to the point that I am planning to use the 100+ pictures I have taken of them in the last two months to create a book filled with meditations. I often walk out of my house these days or drive away and my eyes are filled with […]

Did Jesus Have to Die on the Cross For Our Sins Or …?

Jan 03, 2022

I grew up in a hell-fire-and-damnation church and one of the lessons I was taught there was that Jesus had to die a painful death on the cross to save us from our sinfulness, which started with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. I absorbed that lesson so well that, as a young […]

Love

Dec 27, 2021

I have been reading Fr. Gregory Boyle’s latest book, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness. He might have just as well called it The Whole Language of Love. Fr. Boyle runs Homeboy and Homegirl Industries in East Los Angeles for ex-gang members he has invited to find a new way to live. One […]

The Challenges of Following Jesus

Dec 20, 2021

  As we approach the day we celebrate Jesus’s birth, all of us who would follow Jesus might well acknowledge our very human nature: 1) the walls we’ve built to protect us that also keep God at some distance, 2) our own egocentricity that won’t allow us to trust Him completely, and 3) the habits […]

The Presence of God

Dec 13, 2021

From the Hebrew word for the presence of God, paneh, and the four Greek words, enopion, emprosthen, para and prosopon, we gather that the definition in the Bible for our modern word, presence, is the face, appearance, presence of God; it means to come before, in front of, to face, to act on behalf of […]

Humility

Dec 06, 2021

  Humility for us human beings is an accurate appraisal of where we each stand before God. If we are truly humble, we know that God loves all people, that we are all made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27), so that none of us stands out above the rest no matter his or her education, […]

Advent

Nov 29, 2021

11.29.21 Advent   Thanksgiving, gratitude to God for all that we are, all that we have, all that we are to become—Thanksgiving in our country ushers in Advent, the celebration of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ, in this world. Advent is the season of waiting, of anticipation, of knowing the gift that is […]