Monthly Archives: February 2017

Basic needs and self-fulfillment

Common sense means living in the world as it is today; but creative people are people who don’t want the world as it is today but want to make another world. – Abraham Maslow  I’ve been thinking about Abraham Maslow … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God

This morning as I read the readings about how God won’t forget and how He will take care of our every need, I have to say I was tempted to doubt if that was true as I thought of the … Continue reading

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Courting common sense

I doubt Barronelle Stutzman ever expected she would be appealing a case to the US Supreme Court. Barronelle isn’t a terrorist, political activist or criminal.  She is a Christian and a florist. In Richland, Washington. When I picture a Christian/florist, … Continue reading

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Missions: The Experience That Trumps the Idea

As I packed my bags for Mexico, I was really proud of my theoretically oriented blog The Missionary Mentality. I honestly thought it would open some eyes and maybe even touch a heart or two. Maybe I missed that part. … Continue reading

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Holiness

Christ today challenges us with perfection. To be perfect means to be Holy, as the first reading tells us, to be holy because God is Holy. The old law presents us with a whole list of things that make someone … Continue reading

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Empty Nesting

Wikipedia’s Definition of the Empty Nest Syndrome: The feeling of grief and loneliness parents feel when their children leave home for the first time, such as to live on their own or attend college or university. It is not a clinical … Continue reading

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Christ was there…

     “And going on a little further he fell on his face and prayed. ‘My Father’, he said, ‘if it is possible, let this cup pass me by.  Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it.” … Continue reading

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Music versus music

The Catholic Church inspires some of the world’s most beautiful music. The Catholic Church inspires some of the world’s most banal music. Yes, both of these statements are true.  And when I go to an unfamiliar parish, I never know … Continue reading

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Ten tips on how to avoid raising entitled, spoiled children

Both parents need to be on the same page; lots of communication and agreement on how to discipline and reward your children. Respect is huge. Dads need to give moms their backs and never allow any form of disrespect without … Continue reading

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The Thrill of Following Christ

We are confronted today, in the readings, with the commandments. The commandments are good. They are rules that we must follow, as the author of Sirach tells us, necessary to live well. Christ seems to raise the standard in his … Continue reading

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