A Broken Vessel

We’re all broken in one way or another. We are all broken vessels. But despite our brutish stupidity, God’s Light still comes through our brokenness. That’s how it is, mate! There’s a New Yorker cartoon that shows God looking ruefully down on the world and saying to Himself, “What the hell was I thinking?” And…
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The Best of Times and the Worst of Times: Heroic Forgiveness

Once again we as a nation are witness to a homegrown terrorist act aimed at intimidating a whole group and destroying innocent others going about their daily lives. You can be warped by learning to hate and you can be saved by learning to love. And the lesson applies to us all. Two weeks ago,…
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Living in Extremity

How do you die well? Can you leave this world in a way that brings meaning to your life and the lives of those around you? More importantly, can you live your life by these same principles? Some of the best advice came from the survivor of a Nazi death camp. The June 10 issue…
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On the Road: A Family Pilgrimage

I’m eager to hit the road – to see my brother and his family, plus two of my oldest childhood friends I’ve known since fourth grade. Although we’ve gone separate ways in adult life, it’s so precious to keep those very old friendships – those folks who knew you when! One of life’s treasures. On…
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A Taste of Heaven: God of the Synapse

I believe there are multiple ways to glimpse the Divine in our incarnate experience of this life — both direct and indirect. That is, there are both extraordinary and ordinary ways to be open to God’s impingement in our lives — from the base of our synaptic selves to the presence of God in one another…
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