I John 4:18

There is no need to be afraid. — Matthew 10:31 Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid. — Matthew 14:27 Stand up, do not be afraid. — Matthew 17:7 Do not be afraid; only have faith. — Mark 5:36 Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. — John 14:27Yes, that's Jesus talking. And when he wasn't encouraging people to be fearless, others — even his critics — were acknowledging that he himself was afraid of no one, "because human rank means nothing to you" (Mark 12:14).If there's one thing I'm attra … [Read more...]

Perfectly Perfect

"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."This saying of Jesus, from the heart of his Sermon on the Mount, might possibly be the single most misunderstood verse in the Bible (although it has stiff competition from "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me"). A week ago, during the annual Lay-Cistercian retreat in Conyers, Dom Francis Michael spoke on the question of "What does it mean to be a child of God?" After insisting that … [Read more...]

A Joyful Lent

To all my readers and friends, I hope that you will join me in seeking to keep a joyful and holy Lent. Lent is an invitation to embrace simplicity, silence, and prayer. If you are a person of faith in Christ, may this be a time in which you more fully enter into union with him. If you do not consider yourself a Christian, I hope you will join me and all other people of goodwill in praying for peace in the world and in our hearts, and especially for peace between those who are divided by … [Read more...]

For all who seek to develop their spiritual practice…

This question showed up in my email inbox this morning: If you could select three books to recommend to all who seek to develop their spiritual practice, what would they be? It's a tricky question because of the word "all." Two of the the three books I'm recommending here are Christian in origin and scope, but I believe all three can be profitably read by both Christians and non-Christians. Anyone with an ideologically rigid understanding of Christianity (either for or against) will have trouble … [Read more...]

Atheism and Anger

I had a conversation with a friend last night — the same friend I've written about before — who is undergoing a crisis of faith. He told me last night that reading the "new atheists" — folks like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens — makes him so angry. "I came to see that I have been duped by the church, and that the church is in the business of duping people."My friend is a good and honest man, sincere in his zeal to find truth. Perhaps a bit too zealous, for I fear that he … [Read more...]

Family Portrait

Here's a snapshot of me and my family, taken by my brother-in-law Jerry last month.Carl, Fran and Rhiannon; December 2007. … [Read more...]

Mystery of the Missing Camera

Here is a fun story about a couple in NYC who found a lost digital camera and located its owner — an Irishman living in Australia — merely by deciphering clues from the photos in the camera's memory.Think twice before you start deleting photographs from your camera. … [Read more...]


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