Monthly Archives: December 2008

Where is your treasure?

This is a well written piece by an author whom I have come to appreciate. I’m increasingly concerned that we are watching the decline and fall of our country. For years I’ve listened to the corporate propagandists who fill our … Continue reading

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True Contemplation

True contemplation is the work of a love that transcends all satisfaction and all experience to rest in the night of pure and naked faith. This faith brings us so close to God that it may be said to touch … Continue reading

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This lovely picture of the lovely woman with whom I share this life is one of my keepsakes. I took it on Christmas morning in our home. Diane was looking up at our son Devin. The look in her eye … Continue reading

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Lately I’ve been thinking about my Dad. He’s been gone over thirty-five years now, but he’s still with me. Maybe it’s because tomorrow my sister will be 50. Maybe it’s because Dad’s birthday was in December. I don’t know. I … Continue reading

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Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28 That verse and the thought of it is has been with me.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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Get a grip

The so-called progressives in this country are going nuts about President-elect Obama’s choice of Rick Warren for the invocation at his inauguration.  Rick Warren’s not my kind of guy, but give Obama credit for doing what he promised and attempting … Continue reading

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No man will ever see me again

That is how Thomas Merton describes his ultimate call to solitude. I just got through watching PBS’s Thomas Merton special. I’m glad I found it. I missed much of the program, but what I did see was interesting and informative. … Continue reading

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A friend of silence

When I read this quote on Gerry Straub’s blog attributed to Mother Teresa I was struck by its similarity to a quote that I recently posted fromThomas Merton.  I know how much my own growing longing for silence means to … Continue reading

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A snowy evening

Last night my wife left for an overnight with our daughter. The mission for them is Christmas shopping. Whenever I ask my wife what she’d like for Christmas, the answer is, “don’t buy me any clothes,” or “I don’t need … Continue reading

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Today is my birthday and I’m fortunate to have so many friends with whom to celebrate. Birthdays are events for looking forward and sometimes looking back. Today I did a little of each as I wondered how much longer I … Continue reading

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