Echo Chambers Leave Us too Weak to Fight Idols and Bullies

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Since they seem to be recurring themes in my life and my writing, last week I had occasion to again contemplate idols and idolatry and also the way bullies operate. Both idols and bullies play with our psyche, of course, and can do great damage. They are like germs and bacteria that bring disease and make us exceedingly ill, but only if they can first penetrate the immune system. In the case of bullies and idols, this involves a piercing of the spiritual and psychological immune systems. We … [Read more...]

Failing…in love again

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"There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love." - First reading at Mass, from 1 John 4:17-18 (Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com) As Popeye would say, "well, blow me down." I fail at love all the time -- grievously -- and when I consider how often that failure is connected to fear, I have to say, this is pretty spot-on. There is a great deal I do not fear; usually for me fear is … [Read more...]

Fearless Pat Gohn: “Do You Want to Pray About It?”

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About a year ago, Pat Gohn and I were chatting via skype about work-related issues, when the subject came around to our kids. I mentioned that my older son was, that very day (and after a discouraging two year search) interviewing for a job that seemed perfect for him. Although I felt strongly that the Holy Spirit was at work, and that the job was "meant" for him, I suppose my voice still betrayed some tension; Pat picked up on it and said, "would you like to pray about it right now? We can … [Read more...]

God and Dogs and Naked, Naked Love – UPDATED

Caught this over at Deacon Greg's place. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog, and nothing like its fierceness when you need it's protection. It will lay down its life to keep you safe, and when you come home after being away, it does not harass you; it does not shake a finger at you; it does not hold you at arms length until you prove yourself; it simply loves you with all the love it has within, and weeps with joy for your return. It's the Prodigal Son story, only with an … [Read more...]


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