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By On February 10th, 2019

Avoiding Arrogance

I’ve heard people (who should know better) dismiss Christians as hypocrites. I know that some are, as are all of us at one time or another. But there’s a wrong assumption in all of this. Of course the Church contains hypocrites. The Scriptures remind us that “all have sinned, and fall short of the glory…

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By On February 6th, 2019

Suffering and Hope

Suffering, to some extent, just comes with life. On the younger side, children have imaginary and literal growing pains. At the older end of life there’s a different kind of suffering from the aches and pains of aging. But it’s not just physical pain that causes suffering.  Disappointment causes suffering. So do medical problems, a…

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By On February 1st, 2019

Practice Makes Perfect

When I was a young man I worked as a musician. I remember the many hours spent working out fingerings, practicing and practicing until I could play all the notes smoothly, with no mistakes. Then, and only then, I could work on refining the artistry necessary to play the piece as the composer intended. We…

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By On January 28th, 2019

Divine Forgiveness

Many of us carry a burden of guilt. It may be a small, even trivial thing that we regret. In other instances it can be guilt over a terrible wrong that we’ve done. The burden of these are like a recollection that, in small doses, makes us feel slightly sick or, in case of severe…

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By On January 22nd, 2019

Setting Aside Time for God

Just like learning a new skill takes time and patience, so does growing in our faith. One thing that can stand in the way of spiritual growth and peace is the fast pace and emotional clutter in our lives. We feel as if we barely make it through a day, only to face an even…

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By On January 17th, 2019

Procrastination

One of the things that I truly excel at is putting things off. That means I have to fight it every day. Procrastination is a formula for frustration and failure. The primary emotion created from procrastination is anxiety.  Acting today instead of putting things off is a formula for effectiveness and for peace of mind.…

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By On January 14th, 2019

More on Forgiveness

I’m always amazed when I hear of someone so angry at another that they simply cannot or will not forgive them. What they don’t realize is that their residual anger—not matter how justified—is poison to their own souls and lives.  We all know people crippled by anger and resentment for a perceived or real wrong…

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By On January 8th, 2019

Forgive and Forget

One of the great differences between God and us is that when He forgives sin, He forgets it. Think of the contrast here between God and us. When we are wronged we often have the tendency to nurse our wounds and harbor our anger. We remember how it felt to be wronged and, thereafter, have…

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By On January 1st, 2019

Resolutions

NOTE: On December 10 I had emergency surgery and was in the hospital for a week. I’m continuing my recovery at home, assisted by visiting nurses and my family. I’m making great progress, so you’ll find regular new postings from now on. We look at New Year’s Day as a kind of blank slate—a restart…

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By On December 8th, 2018

The Manger

We have beautiful manger scenes each Christmas. They differ in some respects, but most of them include all the characters of Jesus’ birth story (even though the main characters, including shepherds and wise men were never there at the same time). Almost all depictions include a wooden lean-to that shelters the Holy Family, as well…

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