Compassion,  Acceptance, Understanding, Forgiveness

For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.   (Mt. 7:3) My mother had been ill for a long time.  When I became worried that she could die with only a minor cold, I decided to visit her so that we could …

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We Wish to See Jesus

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ (Jn. 12:21-22) I spent a year of college in England.  While there, I often took long bike rides into the countryside.  …

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Trusting in God’s Grace

Therefore confess your sins to one another…  (Jas. 5:16) I was in my twenties, on my knees, confessing my sins to a monk, and I heard him snoring. When I loudly coughed he woke up for a few moments, but then he fell asleep again. I was miffed he was so inattentive.  I thought my …

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Jesus Among the “Least of These”

And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’   (Mt. 25:41) I’m aware I often write about my experiences at the jail.  I go to the jail for several reasons. …

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Jesus and the Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:3) Not many of us feel blessed when we’re feeling broken, worthless, anxious, betrayed, lost, or ashamed. How can Jesus say we’re blessed by God when we’re “poor in spirit?” What I know in my life, and what I’ve seen in …

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The Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’   (Mk. 2:17) I recently learned that there’s a church on the island of Malta called “The Collegiate Parish Church of St. …

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Dancing With Jesus

He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why …

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The Kingdom of God

“From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” (Mt. 4:17) I had taken off a few months from visiting the vets at the jail.  When I walked into the cell, a guy greeted me by giving me a hug and saying he had been praying for me. …

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Jesus and the Judgement Game

'Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.'    (Mt. 7:1) I saw three energetic boys—aged about 6, 8, and 10—as I was walking down the aisle in the airplane.  I hoped that I wouldn’t be seated in front of them, but I was. As soon as we were in the air those …

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