J. Marshall Jenkins

Author, Therapist, Spiritual Director

The Mystic in the Mirror

  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (Matthew 5:8). What is your image of a mystic?  A bearded man in a flowing, purple robe casting spells?  A young woman in a habit swooning in prayer?  Or perhaps, your reflection in the mirror? Do you see mysticism as a way of life […]

An Apology for Caspar Milquetoast

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). In the 1920s, H. T. Webster produced a comic strip series called, “The Timid Soul,” featuring Caspar Milquetoast whom Webster described as “the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick.”  The deferent, hesitant, homely old gentleman faced one humiliation […]

My Friendly Quarrel with Buddhism

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4). In my last post, I told an autobiographical parable with the hope that my particular story would touch the universal story of aging, loss, and spiritual maturity.  It tells how I find true happiness not by clinging to the identity and security I […]

When Christians Persecute

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10). When Jesus sang out the Beatitudes to open the Sermon on the Mount, there were no Christians. He did not preface the Beatitudes with a request for all comers to sign a confessional statement before he started […]

Love Wears Down Walls

On moving out of our comfort zone to get to lasting peace.