Tag Archives: Forgiveness

On Faith, Compassion and Bigotry

My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others? Do not try to blend the genuine faith of our glorious Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, with your silly pretentiousness. Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and […]

Forgiving My Father

My father had bipolar disease. How do I know? I know because I have bipolar. My father was never diagnosed with manic depression; he was born in 1911 and died in 1982 and at his death had been disabled for about four years from several previous heart attacks and strokes and adult onset diabetes. Growing […]

A Fearless Moral Inventory

“He wanted her to move out of the lie, into authenticity, but first she had to admit to how she was living her life. People in recovery would call it taking a thorough and fearless moral inventory and then sharing that with another person. Jesus offered himself as a loving listener, a no-judging ear He […]

From Hobbled to Healed

When I was hobbled, trying to figure out how to eke from life what I needed, I searched for things and people to fill me, to complete me. Anne Lamott1 expresses the longing beautifully: There was usually an initial flurry of hope and sex, maybe even of rich love, but ultimately we discovered that it […]

Maturing Faith

Children call each other names; if wrong, refuse to take the blame. They make their choices out of fear instead of knowing Love is near. They do not know God’s saving grace nor understand His full embrace.   When we love God with all our mind, we grow as Spirit does remind us of our […]

Transactional or Unconditional Love

Some of you who read my blog may know my political leanings. I did not vote for President Trump. But he is my President. And as a follower of Jesus, I am bidden to pray for him, and I do privately. Yet, as a follower of Jesus I realize I must pray for him publicly, […]

Outsiders

“The Gospel demands a great deal of us. It calls us to a perennially unpopular and unselfish path. Little wonder Jesus said, ‘The world’s going to hate you’ (John 15:18-19). When you can no longer play the game of judging, labeling, and punishing others, you will quickly become the outsider.” Fr. Richard Rohr Jesus was […]

Presents or Presence

Those of us who will celebrate the birth of Christ this weekend will also very like have a Christmas tree nestling presents underneath it like a mother swan sheltering her cygnets under her wings. Will we take time, before presents are opened, to consider why we celebrate? Will we, as each gift is unwrapped, consider […]

The Adulterous Woman

What do we focus on in this familiar story? What did Jesus focus on? Most of us are familiar with the story of adulterous woman in John 7:53-8:11. Jesus was at the Temple. A crowd gathered before him, and he sat down and began to teach them. Where else have we seen this? One day […]

We Are the Temple

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself. (1 Corinthians 6:19) As I get farther from the election and closer to celebrating the birth of Christ, I have slowly turned my thoughts from […]