Spiritual Life

Ritual sustains the heart, not vice versa

Never travel with anyone who expects you to be interesting all the time. On a long trip there are bound to be some...

Struggling with my father’s blessing

My father died when I was 23, a seminarian, green, still learning about life. It’s hard to lose your father at any age...

Gratitude is the real mark of genuine maturity

Sometime after his 70th birthday, Morris West wrote an autobiography which he entitled, “A View from the Ridge.” By ridge, he meant the...

Touching loved ones inside the Body of Christ

Twenty-eight years ago, when I first began writing this column, I wrote a piece that I entitled “Binding and Loosing inside the...

God is always richer than our concepts and language

G.K. Chesterton once said that one of the reasons he believed in Christianity was because of its belief in the trinity. If...

Nothing can change God’s unconditional love

Several years ago, I was at a symposium at which we were discussing the struggle that many young people have today with their...

If anyone is to be blamed, let’s blame God

In her the first volume of her autobiography, “Under My Skin,” Doris Lessing, shares this story: During her marriage to Gottfried Lessing,...

Good science is compatible with good religion

In certain circles it is believed that science trumps religion. The idea is simple and uncompromising: Religion cannot stand up to science....

The humiliation of crucifixion and God’s love

When Jesus sweated blood in the Garden of Gethsemane and asked his Father to let the cup of suffering pass him by...

The only place where we are fully understood

“I was born into this world with a tortured complexity. For long time I have puzzled over the causes of my psychological...
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