No Way to Treat a Navy Commander or the US Flag

Posted on Aug 18, 2017

No Way to Treat a Navy Commander or the US Flag

  A US flag, a petty perspective, and aesthetics. I felt thunderous  disbelief as I read a recent story in the news. And no, I’m not talking about Trump or white supremacists for a change. I can only call it an unnecessary assault on a Navy Commander. A Shocking Story of a US Flag and a Florida Neighborhood When you’ve used your God-given talents to rise to the rank of commander, I think you’ve earned the right to have the US flag on your mailbox, for crying out...

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Secret Prayer Instruction: Go into your inner room, close your door. Trust.

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

Secret Prayer Instruction: Go into your inner room, close your door. Trust.

I never knew the secret prayer. I never got the secret message early in life. The one about praying in your room behind your closed door. But that’s where the transformation of my heart took place. On my bed. My back against propped up pillows. It’s where I meditated first thing in the morning. Alone. Or so I thought. The Door is the name of the chapter in my book where the powerful excerpt below was taken. I balled my eyes out writing it....

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Holy Spirit and Gospel and Charisms, Oh My!

Posted on Jun 4, 2017

Holy Spirit and Gospel and Charisms, Oh My!

At a meeting years ago in River Forest, IL where I used to live, Ed Jeep asked the group: “Who do you pray to: The Father, The Son or The Holy Spirit?”  Of the ten or twelve people in the Lawrence’s living room that night, I remember being the only one who acknowledged praying to the Holy Spirit. I received an unusual look from Ed when I said this. I wasn’t sure what it meant.I didn’t always pray to the Holy Spirit, but at that particular time,...

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The Counter-intuitive Welcoming Prayer

Posted on May 31, 2017

 WELCOMING PRAYER The welcoming prayer is the most effective prayer I’ve yet to encounter that helps me release unwanted emotions. The following is from the Lux Divina list of the online contemplative community referenced in my book . Writer anonymous shares:   “What I know comes from Cynthia Bourgeault’s book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening which I highly recommend. She has a whole chapter on the Welcoming Prayer that is very helpful. Here’s a brief...

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Belong, Be Song, Be Still: A Triple Threat to God’s Opposition

Posted on May 27, 2017

 We belong to God. We belong. It’s the most core psychological need we have according to Maslov. Fatigue makes us forget sometimes that we belong to God. That we give Him delight when we make ourselves still and let Him sing His song in our heart. The title of this post — Belong. Be Song. Be Still. — kept repeating themselves within my mind as I awoke from a nap. Perhaps their insistent drumming on my subconscious caused my awakening. Who knows? Exhausted...

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