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An Everlasting Salvation


If you've spent any time with me at all, you know I'm a big fan of asking the "WHY" question when it comes to our motivations for living. In fact, I'm convinced that no one sticks with a pattern of life that is effective without really understanding WHY it...

Sing For Joy!


Fr. Alexander Schmemann once said, "The greatest charge against a Christian is that he has no joy." Frankly, the normal Christian faith is incompatible with life without joy. It is specifically joy, regardless of the outward circumstances that should be the "normal" Christian life. Now I know what you're going...

Fear Not, For I Will Help You!


Nelson Mandela once said, "The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." This is so true. I've found too many people think that because they feel fear, they are not courageous. This isn't true. Feelings come and go, but it's...

Have You Not Known? Have You Not Heard? Has It Not Been Told You?


When I get discouraged, I can always trace it back to a loss of perspective. I mean, it's inevitable. My challenges give me tunnel vision and I lose the ability to see beyond my own immediate pain. And staying aware of how pain or trauma or even conflict gives...

I Have Heard Your Prayer


They say there is a point of absolute clarity when a person is facing their own mortality. We've heard it all before; "Your life flashes before your eyes." Of course, this is a moment in human life we humans regularly avoid thinking about. Our mortality isn't something we like...

Leave Your Comfort Zone


Daring to follow God's plan for your life is an act of faith that rarely happens by accident. You have to be listening to hear His plans! So how do you develop a lifestyle that makes you attentive to God's direction for your life? It all starts with being willing...

Let Us Make a Name for Ourselves!


It is said that the greatest chess players "see" at least 4 moves ahead at all times. This is why they can anticipate their opponent's moves and be ready for them. But most of us simply don't think that far ahead in our lives. We clutter our moments with as...

An Intoxicated Noah & A Foolish Son


Years ago, in my police officer days, I got assigned to the local DUI Task Force. This was a multi-jurisdictional team of officers specifically trained to combat driving under the influence and a direct result of the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving that had formed in our community....

There’s Only One Purpose For A Cross – Sunday’s Homily


The fact that humans are so very aware of our own mortality means that the fear of death drives much of our intoxication with our passions. But at the center of Great Lent, the Church gives us the image of the Cross to drive us to embrace another way...

God Makes A Covenant with a Rainbow


It's an old word, but I like it. The word "covenant" is such a significant word for moderns precisely because we have seemed to have forgotten the power of "covenant." Our society is gripped by hyper-individualism that seems to be intoxicated with the notion of "rights" "privilege" and "power."...