Radical Religion

Leo Tolstoy as a Pilgrim

My brother lives at the beach, and he was out walking the dog late one afternoon when he spotted an unusual fellow walking along the beach. He was wearing a kind of Franciscan habit, sandals and was carrying a walking stick and a big Bible. My brother engaged him in conversation. It seems the man [Read More...]

The “Real Presence”–A Flexible Friend

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Yesterday at Mass for Corpus Christi I spoke about the real presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It reminded me that many Catholics use an abbreviated form of this theological mouthful and refer to “the Real Presence”. The problem with this is that “the Real [Read More...]

Be Not Afraid

As a Bible Christian I memorized a verse from the New Testament: “God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” The older I get and the longer I work with people the more I have come to understand how fear is at the [Read More...]

Old Monk on Detachment

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Detachment means being attached to all things according to their true and eternal value. [Read more...]

What’s Your Poison?

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I have a friend who is an alcoholic. He says, “I have an addictive personality.That’s just the way I am.” OK. But that’s not really an excuse. I tried to sympathize by saying, “So you’re addicted to booze. That’s a bad addiction. But why are you addicted to booze? What does it do for you?” [Read More...]

Old Monk on Crutches

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Doubter: Your religion is a crutch! Old Monk: Haven’t you noticed I am crippled? [Read more...]


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