November 18, 2018

The Wise

Without fail, from time to time, at least since about the year 1000 AD, self-appointed prophets of doom have predicted the imminent end of the world. Those who are more easily affected by predictions of doom lose the last shreds of their peace of...

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Rediscovering Humility

In a recent essay I traced the problem of divisiveness in modern America to our culture’s overemphasis on SELF—notably self-esteem and self-actualization—and suggested that the solution lies in renewed appreciation of the virtue of humility...

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Crocodile Tears for the Constitution

“It does violence to the Constitution and the vision of our founders to appoint such a person in such a manner to be the chief legal officer in our country.”—Nancy Pelosi. In the above quotation, Pelosi is referring to President Trump’s appointment...

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Crocodile Tears for the Constitution

“It does violence to the Constitution and the vision of our founders to appoint such a person in such a manner to be the chief legal officer in our country.”—Nancy Pelosi. In the above quotation, Pelosi is referring to President Trump’s appointment...

The Wise

Without fail, from time to time, at least since about the year 1000 AD, self-appointed prophets of doom have predicted the imminent end of the world. Those who are more easily affected by predictions of doom lose the last shreds of their peace of...

Rediscovering Humility

In a recent essay I traced the problem of divisiveness in modern America to our culture’s overemphasis on SELF—notably self-esteem and self-actualization—and suggested that the solution lies in renewed appreciation of the virtue of humility...

Thanks Givers

In 1774—two years before our nation’s founding—a famous American woman was born in New York City; twenty years later she married another well-known New Yorker. Both were Episcopalians, the religion to which many prominent, upper-class Americans...

For Us, Jesus Must Be Everything

When I was newly ordained, I heard our retreat master mention something that has stuck to the back of my mind as Gospel truth and has had the significance of a milestone on the road to happiness, i.e., to God: “Jesus has to be everything for you.”...

The Roots of Divisiveness

Divisiveness means “tending to cause disagreement or dissension.” The word is interesting because it illustrates the very condition it describes—people can’t agree on how to pronounce it! Lately, there has been much blather about the condition...

Junk Mail, Why Art Thou?

Welcome to the holidays, my friend. All that unsolicited and unwanted mail is starting to hit the U.S. postal system. Hundreds of millions of pieces of junk mail are sent out annually and none of it is requested by the recipient. Junk mail comes at...

Sometimes It’s the Bogeyman

I guess it’s the stage in life I am in, but the millennial generation really scares me. It’s our fault. We’ve fed them a steady diet of artificial sweetener and then wonder why they can’t handle the bitterness in life. Last night I was jarred awake...