Then a woman said, speak to us of Joy and Sorrow. And He answered: your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? — Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Your diagram for creative living through suffering

An agreement with the concept that God allows suffering or somehow meters it out through the fine science and art of not “giving us more than we can bear” is a cruel, malevolent description of God’s role.

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God’s foolishness in waiting for you

I attended Christmas Eve Mass with my neighbor, Wendy. As we chatted on the car ride, my phone rang. Despite the Scam label, I answered and heard a smooth voice from the St. Mary’s Prayer Center asking me if I was in urgent need of prayer. Although I was, I clicked the phone off knowing […]

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Finding God in your Galilee

“He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” Matthew 28:7 When I think about traveling and someone has gone ahead and arrived first they take care of details that I don’t have to. If we are staying at a hotel, they register us in. They learn where the best restaurants […]

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Have you forgiven or forgotten it?

You had a disagreement with another person and in your mind you forgave. You were able to forgive them because you ended your relationship with them. But did you really forgive them or did you just forget them? The answer to that question will be revealed next time you unexpectedly run into them in a […]

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Remember to Breathe

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NIV) Remember to breathe. In the Creation Story, the first burst of energy Human Kind experienced from God was the breath. Focus on your […]

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