February 14, 2016

The Christian practice of mindfulness offers me a sacred opportunity for experiencing the life of Christ residing in my heart. Mindfulness like contemplation helps transform my mind and thoughts into perceiving Christs presence dwelling in me. I become cognizant of the fact my life and soul live in union with the Spirit of God. In Christian theology salvation is the recovery of our true self, the image and reflection of God in us. In the spiritual discipline of mindfulness, I… Read more

February 12, 2016

Life is one continuous moment; one moment after another moment uninterrupted until we die. Our life adventure is measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and the years unraveling at an alarming speed. I ask you, “What is the most significant moment you experienced today or last week? Are you aware of anything that you deeply experienced, appreciated and cherished in your life recently? I must be honest my smartphone preoccupies most of my waking hours with the absurd… Read more

February 9, 2016

Letting go of the voices in my head is the pathway to inner peace and the presence of God. Constantly thinking about my problems is the problem of comprehending the voice of God within me. A newspaper once asked a question, “What’s wrong with the world today?” and a reply came back, “Dear Sir, I am. Yours truly, G.K. Chesterton” Chesterton’s response declares the problem resides in me and you. My thoughts and feelings bouncing around in my head bombard… Read more

February 7, 2016

The Genesis narrative is Paradise lost as humanity goes it alone. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden represents the tree of “self” which separates us from the Creator of life. In the chaos, we become like God knowing and experiencing life from our perspective. Men and women search for the meaning of life through personal experience and are blind to see reconciliation and union with God as a possibility. The good news… Read more

February 3, 2016

“Strictly speaking, contemplation is an immediate and in some sense passive intuition of the inmost reality, of our spiritual self and of God present within us.”     Thomas Merton Contemplation is the deep spiritual awareness of the eternal dimension of life. It is a walk both in the world and out of the world. It takes us beyond the intellectual truth we know about God to an inner experience of His presence living in us. Our hearts comprehend we are the… Read more

January 20, 2016

The presence of the kingdom of God is found in the quiet of the heart, not in the intellect of the mind. The major hindrance of intimacy with God is the mind. There can never be union and peace in our heart as long as the mind thinks and locates God out there and not present within us. If we believe God is out there, the fallen mind will pursue a relationship with God based on performance and works to… Read more

January 15, 2016

Mindfulness is a term that confounds Christians. However, if I said, “Men and women live their lives in mindlessness no one would think a second thought about it.” Mindlessness is living life as described, mindlessly. It is living my life on auto-pilot going through each day without awareness or appreciation of any particular moment in time. I am alive and breathing, but I live like the walking dead. I am like a robot subconsciously programmed going through the motions of… Read more

January 7, 2016

I wish I could adequately describe my return home last night. Dusty gravel roads and cherished loved ones were clear in my mind. There was the red Ford pickup resting under a shade tree in the middle of a hot hay field listening with a smile to Nat King Cole and Tom Jones. I saw horses and cattle grazing throughout the day and in one moment recalling the years of playing football and baseball all through the year with my… Read more

December 31, 2015

Never will I forget the placement of my desk on the back row in a fifth-grade classroom on November 22, 1963. Right after lunch Mrs. Walkingstick interrupted the class and tears flowing down her face announced that President Kennedy had been shot and killed. As the year 1963 came to an end, I remember hearing the song “Auld Lang Syne.”There was a deep sadness that came over me during the days before the New Year. I realize now it was… Read more

December 24, 2015

The heavens open up and love that is unspeakable and full of glory descends so humanity may fellowship in union with God. Love flowing down like water from Heaven invades the darkness. The baby born of human flesh in Bethlehem is the bread of heaven manifesting God’s love. Perfect love now embraces us face to face; however our eyes are blind to the marvelous light. Paradise is all around, and we remain unaware of the Divine presence dwelling near us… Read more

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