December 22, 2021

Do you love Christmas movies as much as my family? There are certain movies we watch again and again and count Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Elf, A Christmas Story, Holiday Inn and It’s a Wonderful Life among our favorites. Not only are the stories entertaining and put us in the Christmas spirit, they also include underlying messages on the importance of love, friends and family during this beautiful season. With a big assist from The Everything Family Christmas Book... Read more

December 16, 2021

You probably know the story told every Christmas about how Jesus was born to Mary in a manger in Bethlehem. What you may not know is the narrative is cobbled together from two slightly different versions of the tale that appear in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. There’s no other mention of the birth in the Bible and the gospel stories are not as detailed as you might think. That’s where the Gospel of James comes in. Also known as the Infancy Gospel... Read more

December 7, 2021

Have you ever had the feeling that God was missing in action? You feel the presence of God one moment, buoying your spirits, lightening your load. But the next day, or even a few moments later, the Divine has seemingly abandoned you, leaving you to deal with the challenges of life by yourself. This feeling of abandonment isn’t unusual. It even struck the saintly Mother Teresa. For years, Teresa claimed she did not feel the presence of God in her... Read more

December 1, 2021

The early Christian church was not the church you and I know today. It was a great deal stranger. After the death of Jesus, Christianity went underground for the first 300-plus years of its existence. Its adherents began meeting in secret gatherings in “house churches” and underground chambers. There was no church leader, few knew of St. Paul. There was no holy book, the New Testament did not yet exist. But there were sacraments, one that included the promise of... Read more

November 23, 2021

It’s customary in many homes to say a prayer before Thanksgiving dinner. Yet, if you fall into the Spiritual but not Religious (SBNR) group like me, you may want to move beyond the traditional “Bless us O Lord” prayer into something that’s, well, more meaningful to you and your spiritual inclinations. I’ve written before about “The Prayer of Gratitude” and it’s worth mentioning again. It’s a simple, participatory prayer of thanks, directed to God, the Universe, or whatever higher power you... Read more

November 17, 2021

You’ve probably heard the old dictum from Socrates that “an unexamined life is not worth living.” It always struck me as a little harsh. But there’s something to be said about occasionally taking a time-out from our busy lives to look inward and contemplate where we stand. Among the questions we might ask ourselves: Am I living my fullest possible life, making the best use of my God-given attributes and talents? Am I living a life filled with trivial pursuits... Read more

November 10, 2021

Have you seen the TV show Ted Lasso? It’s the story of an American college football coach, played by Jason Sudeikis, who is hired to coach a British professional soccer team. It’s a “fish out of water” story in that Ted has never been to England and never coached soccer—and on top of that, has come to lead a team with a myriad of problems, both on the field and off. I delayed watching this show for months as the... Read more

November 3, 2021

A few nights ago, I had a dream that I was at work. Only instead of the office building where I was normally located during pre-pandemic times, I was in an ornately decorated, sprawling space. It was more akin to the Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library. Walking through the room, I stopped by the desk of a guy I used to work for, Shelly. He asked me what I was up to and when I... Read more

October 28, 2021

The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Is it possible for mere mortals, like you and I, to “become like God”? After all, if we are made up of the particles of God, as Emerson states above, is God not the very essence of our being? Are we not part and parcel of God? The idea that we can become God incarnate is the premise of the book Becoming... Read more

October 20, 2021

When you think of meditation, what image comes to mind? You might picture a person sitting cross-legged on the floor or nestled in a comfortable chair, eyes closed, oblivious to their surroundings. But there’s a technique that takes a very different approach to meditation—because it involves movement and keeping your eyes wide open. I’m talking about walking meditation. On the Waking Up app, host Sam Harris discusses the two different types of walking practices. One is the super-slow walk, where... Read more

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