Broken

Unrelenting Thorns

I am convinced that every one of us has some flaw or annoying characteristic that persists, frustrates, annoys, and ultimately aggravates the heck out of us. When these flaws are recurring sins in our life, they can also make us feel weak and ashamed. Our interior battle to overcome these “thorns” can leave us exhausted.…

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How Much Evil Lurks Within You?

The Shadow was a radio show which first aired in 1930. The haunting voice of the narrator introduced each show with these words: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” Then he would say: “The Shadow knows.” The real life irony is that we all try to keep whatever evil we recognize…

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Misery Is The Throne of God’s Mercy

Do you have some areas of sinfulness in your life that keep nagging at you? Are there areas of weakness in your life that no matter how many times you have prayed to God asking Him to remove these imperfections, they remain? Can you relate to Paul, when he spoke of a thorn in the…

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God Is A Hoarder

What do God and Fred Sanford from the 1970’s TV series Sanford and Son have in common? Neither one likes throwing anything away. For them everything is worth saving. I invite you to read more…. In the television series Sanford and Son, Fred G. Sanford and his son Lamont co-owned and operated a salvage yard.…

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Killed By Friendly Fire

According to a comprehensive survey on Wikipedia regarding casualties (both fatal and nonfatal), 21 percent of the casualties in World War II were attributable to friendly fire, as were 39 percent of the casualties in Vietnam, and 52 percent of the casualties in the first Gulf War. Spiritually speaking, what percent of the causalities inflicted…

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Blessed, Broken and Scared: Becoming a Eucharistic People

Blessed, Broken and Scared …odd title isn’t it? It is both the title for the retreats that I provide for churches around the country as well as the title for my upcoming new book. I plan to have it published before the end of this year. My hope is that as people read this book,…

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Wallowing In Mud

Do you remember playing in the mud and mud puddles when you were a child? It was great fun. You just couldn’t seem to get muddy enough. Little kids are almost instinctively drawn to the mud. If you have children, when they were small and wanted to play outside, how many times did you say…

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Shadow Boxing: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Thomas Merton once wrote: “Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self.” Based on our actions and aspirations, all of us have a self which can’t truly exist. Our false and private self wants to follow our own rules and it wants to live outside of God’s will for us.…

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“My Bad”

Are you familiar with the modern day saying “My bad?” Perhaps you have even said these words. “My Bad,” is a half-hearted flippant apology that rings hollow and lacks true sincerity. It has been defined as: “A way of admitting a mistake, and apologizing for that mistake, without actually apologizing.” Why is it so hard…

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Too Much Baggage

Aviators have known since the dawn of flight that if there is too much weight the air craft will crash. Spiritually speaking, G. K. Chesterton captured this gravitational reality when he made this statement in his book Orthodoxy: “Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” What about humans? What happens if we are…

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