A Priest and an Atheist Walk into a Bar: A Story about Faith.

What is the nature of faith? Why do some of us believe that there is a God that watches over us and impacts our lives, while others believe we are alone in the world and left to our own devices? These are questions I have been pondering since I wrote my last Patheos story on [Read More...]

The powerful prayer that was forgotten about for centuries—and its amazing comeback.

What do you do when it feels like your prayers are going into a deep, dark void and aren’t connecting you with the Divine? Well, 700 years ago a Christian mystic had an answer, an alternative to traditional prayer that he believed offered a direct connection to God. The Roman Catholic church shunned the practice [Read More...]

A Look at Non-Stop Prayer—and a Very Doable Alternative.

I’ve always been fascinated by the simple edict found at in the New Testament to “Pray without ceasing”. Perhaps because, I have several times come across people and religious groups that take this proclamation quite literally. A few years ago, I read about a group of young Christian men, who began praying in their local [Read More...]

Giving thanks this Thanksgiving—with a little help from Dear Abby.

I wrote here last year about a Thanksgiving prayer you can say all-year round. And I was recently reminded again of the importance of giving daily thanks for the good in our lives, via my favorite spiritual primer, The Worldwide Laws of Life by John Templeton. Templeton has written much about gratitude, advising us to [Read More...]

You’re spiritual, your job is not. So how do you cope?

Are you a fellow participant in the rat race? If you’re like me, and regularly work 40-plus hour weeks in a high-stress environment, you know how hard it can be to keep your spiritual bearings intact. It can often seem like the working world and the spiritual world are at opposite ends of the life [Read More...]

Three prayers that can help you daily, starting today.

How often do you pray? I’ve always been fascinated by the Muslim religion and its adherents who pray five times a day, an act that serves as a constant reminder of the role God plays in their lives. Equally compelling are the devout Christians who take a particular Bible passage (1 Thessalonians 5:17) at face value [Read More...]

Three Bible passages that may blow your mind (in a good way).

A version of this post originally appeared about three years ago at Elephant Journal and attracted over 20,000 views. I’ve rewritten the story for “Wake Up Call”. Though I was raised in a strict Catholic family, one book I deliberately avoided for most of my life was the Bible. While I have long been interested [Read More...]

Want to feel better immediately? Unleash the power of gratefulness.

Several months ago I wrote about the one prayer to say if you’re saying only one. I call it the prayer of thanks. And it’s so important, I’m now writing about it again with some fresh, new insights to offer. The fact is as much as we may obsess about what’s not right in our [Read More...]

The One Prayer to Say on Thanksgiving (and the 364 days that follow).

“If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart I first wrote about this prayer at the beginning of the year and am repeating it here because it is especially appropriate for the Thanksgiving holiday. I use it each morning to get my day off to a [Read More...]

How to talk to God—and have God talk back.

We’ve all had those moments in life when we’re facing an especially tough decision or proverbial fork in the road, and we’d like to have a little help from on high to guide us. “If God would only steer me in the right direction,” we think, “I would know just what to do.” If you [Read More...]


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