The Wisdom to Know the Difference: Fr. Jonathan Morris Unpacks the Serenity Prayer

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THE SERENITY PRAYER Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.The Serenity Prayer is a familiar quote on wall plaques and greeting cards and lockets.Originally written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer was recited in the second season of the American television drama "Desperate Housewives" and set to music by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor.  It was prominently … [Read more...]

From John Michael Talbot: Wisdom Gleaned from the Early Church Fathers

The Ancient Path - Talbot

When Little Portion Hermitage burned to the ground in 2008, I was working at a treatment center for clergy and religious; and I can still remember the morning when a co-worker popped into my office with a photo of the conflagration.It was shocking--tongues of flame licking the night sky, destroying the serenity of that holy place.I haven't thought about the fire in years, but I was touched anew when I read the deeply personal account from John Michael Talbot.   He was there in 2008, w … [Read more...]

ALEX MALARKEY and COLTON BURPO: Both Claimed to Visit Heaven. Only One Story Was True.

Colton Burpo letter

Two little boys told about visiting heaven, and saw their stories catapult to #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.  One boy, Alex Malarkey, now says that his story was a lie, promulgated by his father for financial gain.  The other, Colton Burpo, stands by his story and says, "Jesus really, really loves you." *     *     *     *     * There's been quite a kerfuffle this week after Alex Malarkey, now 16, went public to claim that the story which was told in the best-selling The Boy Who Cam … [Read more...]