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It is a difficult question, I know. What Assad has done to his own people is terrifying and inexcusable. What the U.S. did to the innocent citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was equally terrifying and… “But it ended the war,” you say. Did it? Does violence ever end violence? Do we ever learn...
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Worry is the conversation in your head that fear has with itself. Really? Maybe that’s why… I tell myself not to worry, but I worry still. I tell myself I do not worry; but then, that I should worry more. I tell myself to stop talking to myself, too; but the talk in my head goes on. Who am I...
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For much of my life, I have lived with a plan… I planned when I would wake up… I planned what I would do each and every day… I planned how I planned to implement my plan… I planned, too, how my implemented plan would unfold. This is what distinguishes humans from all other animals, isn’t it? The...
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A Hebrew word which, in its root form, means “to stop,” “to cease.” A strong word and every time I say it, I get this mental image of a huge, red sign with the word STOP on it. Not a bad reminder. So what needs to STOP in your life? Your work? The founder of Chick-Fil-A got this much right, even if...
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“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace till the last syllable of recorded time. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle! Life is but a shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more...
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For those of you who are following my reflections on the new book I’m writing know that a few days ago I shared what will be one of the first chapters of the book… That the pathway to happiness is, first, to know who you are…who you really are. A second chapter is, KNOW WHY YOU’RE HERE. “The two...
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Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Mark 12:31). That’s just another way of saying, “You cannot give away what you do not possess.” Or, “You cannot give to another what you have not given to yourself already.” If I cannot love my neighbor until I love myself, what then is the...
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Once you embark on the spiritual path and begin to practice it regularly, there will come a time – it may be a few months or perhaps even a few years – but there will come a time when you realize nothing is as it once was and there is no going back. No going back? Why would you? Once the...
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I suppose.  If you need them. But here’s another consideration. In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr writes… “When you do not know who you are, you push all enlightenment off into a possible future reward and punishment system, within which hardly anyone wins. Only the True Self knows...
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Christian Mingle Dot Com “Find God’s Match for You.” What IS this? A bit bothersome to me, frankly. No, I think I would have to say, a “lot” bothersome. Like God actually has someone picked out just for you? No doubt, your perfect opposite, right? You really believe this? Like God expects you to...
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“What must I do to experience God?” That’s a little like asking, “How can I win the lottery?” “If I drop more tokens into the Divine Slot Machine, won’t that increase my odds?” Valid questions. But the methods? Not so valid. It could just be me but I am inclined to feel more and more that knowing...
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Faith is so simple. So very simple. It is religion that complicates it. Why? Control, perhaps. Distinction from other religions, maybe. I’m not quite sure. What I do know is that faith is not about either control or distinction. Instead, it is about release, the turning loose of all attachments....
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“The goal of the spiritual path,” writes Matthieu Ricard in his bestseller, Happiness, ”is to transform ourselves,” and we do that, he says, by “transforming our minds.” Transformation of the mind? What the Buddhist monk has suggested is not unlike what Saint Paul suggested in his letter...
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What Is the Single Greatest Spiritual Truth You Have Ever Learned? I got asked that question today and, after thinking for a moment, I suppose I would have to answer like this: “As soon as you are disposed to being alone with God you are…no matter where you are: in the city, in the monastery, in...
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NDE – Near Death Experiences. Heaven. Hell. Questions about whether there is actually life beyond the grave invite such debate.  Immense emotion, too. Express doubt about whether there is a heaven and you’d better be prepared for the barrage of negativity that will come your way. Raise...
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